A new survey shows eight out of 10 New Zealanders think children should learn a second language at school, with Mandarin being the most popular choice.
The finding is part of a study into Kiwis' perceptions of people from Asia.
Dr Andrew Butcher, research director for Asia New Zealand, says there has been a "real uptick" in recent years of New Zealanders accepting Asians as part of our society.
"They're having more contact with Asians in schools, in the workplace, through families, through festivals," he said on Firstline this morning.
He points to Lydia Ko as an example of an Asian New Zealander who's being celebrated as a Kiwi first and foremost.
But the survey also showed a growing resentment towards Asians in regards to rising housing prices in Auckland.