there’s a hole in the maori population


From Waatea News Update:

The head of a new demographic research unit wants the government to encourage young Maori families to move back from Australia.

At yesterday’s launch of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato University, Professor Natalie Jackson said for the first time in New Zealand’s history, fewer people are entering the labour market than are retiring. She says the situation will get worse from next year as post-war baby boomers reach retirement age.

“It’s not a case of trying to bluff people. It’s about government getting serious and saying, ‘we have got this gaping hole in our age structure where we are missing an enormous number of say 18 to 35-year-olds.’ That’s the key age of young Maori in Australia and if we want them back we have to do something seious which says ‘if you come back we will really try to help you,’” Professor Jackson says.

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