Those are not our words but a direct quote from a thread on the Trademe.co.nz forum, a community comprised mostly of New Zealanders. It’s an interesting thought isn’t it, as are some of the replies.
But first, here’s how the discussion started, followed by a bit of the background.
“Welcome to New Zealand. 100% Violent.
The link referred to in the post is a NZ Herald report about 2 German tourists getting beaten up and robbed in Kaitaia on 22 January.
They had inadvertently become the victims of crime because they slept overnight in a layby whilst waiting for replacement parts for their broken-down vehicle. Unfortunately for them they fell prey to something that has plagued other campervan tourists in New Zealand (read posts tagged Campervan) with every fresh incident doing nothing to improve the country’s image abroad.
The Herald report said
“The tourists told police the two men smashed the van’s windows then demanded the tourists’ wallets, which were handed over. One of the victims was struck in the face, although it was not clear whether that was with a fist or the piece of wood that was used to smash the windows.
Police were still looking for the second offender at edition time yesterday..” more here
Fortunately police have one man in custody, 2o year old Devaray Heremaia Cole.
The first reply to the Trademe thread went like this, remember these are New Zealanders talking.
“It’s not new….been plenty that have been murdered as well.”
Perhaps this person was thinking about the recent killing of 64 year old tourist, Robert Murray Wilkinson in Waihi Beach ? a crime that deeply shocked the quiet coastal community.
Another poster made the link with unemployment, which is high in the north
“it goes with the other national pasttime: unemployment
sort out unemployment and then no idle hands (excluding nut jobs as they need to be committed to a house on the premises of a prison)”
Fair comment, and it is ironic that one of the major employment industries in Northland is tourism, we’re guessing that is something these two muggers aren’t engaged in
This comment hit the nail on the head
“This seems to happen a lot up North. Maybe the tourism bureau should advise tourists not to travel north of Whangarei. Or to Tokoroa. Or Rotorua…………….or any of the other places tourists have been attacked lately.”
Now there’s the problem – it is a fine balance between warning tourists and scaring them off and killing the tourism industry. What is to be done? perhaps investment in other industries in the region makes sense, diversification is that name of the game. Think of the good that could’ve been done if the half a billion spent on the Hobbit film industry (most of it going offshore) had been spent on other industries in deprived areas of New Zealand.
Because the danger is, as one poster put it
“If we don’t tell them, Lonely Planet surely will.”
You may also be interested in our other blogs tagged Freedom Camping in New Zealand and the following blogs
Vicious Sex Attack on 5 Year Old Belgian Tourist – little girl severely injured in a frenzied attack as she lay sleeping in a campervan in Turangi.
Australian honeymooners lose it all two tourists robbed near Milford Sound
Te Anau Troubled By Tourist Attacks -drunken youths attack visitors in Te Anau
Chilean Tourist Robbed, Loses Life’s Work robbed in a motel near Auckland international airport
“New Zealand is a wonderful country, but be careful as it’s not so safe” – Swiss campervan tourist loses everything in Whangarei
Honeymoon Couple Lose Precious Photos, No ‘Gold Medal’ British couple robbed outside of Auckland zoo
Czech Tourist, Jan Fakotor, Stabbed In Motueka man stabbed in a Motueka backpackers
English tourist mugged in Gisborne female tourist punched and handbag stolen in a street attack, delaying her departure from NZ
Chilean tourist punched, robbed in Nelson man attacked on Nelson cathedral steps by three teenagers
A group of students that were beaten and robbed whilst on a treasure hunt at the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, Northland
A series of random, unprovoked attacks in Queenstown
Previous robbery of British tourists at Kerosene Creek
Tourists robbed at Kerosene Creek
Three French tourists beaten and robbed in their campervan in Mangamuka, Northland
A family of Swiss tourists that were assaulted and racially abused in Kaitaia, Northland
Anke Kuballa and Marc Busch from Germany who were robbed in Whangarei, Northland
Two German tourists attacked in Paihia, Northland
Asian woman, (probably Japanese) age 22, raped in her room by 2 teenagers in a home invasion in Opotiki, Bay of Plenty
Three Chinese tourists attacked and robbed at Te paki, 90 Mile Beach, Northland, by two men they’d stopped to help
French tourist Anthony Cressend, beaten and robbed at campsite in Ahipara, Northland
Two Australian tourists robbed at knifepoint for their holiday money in Te Puke, SE of Tauranga.
Japanese tourist age 23 (female) kidnapped, robbed and assaulted in Rotorua by four men
French tourist (male) raped at gunpoint near Opotiki, Bay of Plenty
American peace corp twins Adam and Alex Rahmlow, 21 were robbed of all their possessions by a man they tried to help in Amberley, Christchurch.
Dutch couple raped and robbed on a campsite in Tuatapere, NW of Invercargill, whilst on their honeymoon. (Dutch govt. issued a travel warning about NZ)
Two Koreans were attacked and robbed of their possession which included a laptop computer by a man claiming to be a gang member in Blenheim.
British tourist worker sexually assaulted near Hururu Falls, Northland when she was dragged off a walking track.
Canadian tourist Jeremie Kawerninski, kidnapped, assaulted and robbed in Lower Hutt, Wellington
Dutch couple robbed and sexually attacked Haruru Falls, Northland whilst on honeymoon.
Two British women robbed and raped in their campervan at Tokomaru Bay, north of Gisborne.
Japanese tourist subjected to a prolonged and brutal sex attack in a communal area of a backpacker’s hostel in Turangi, Taupo.
Scottish woman Karen Aim brutally murdered and robbed by a youth in Taupo.
Korean man Jae Hyeon Kim decapitated with a spade by white supremacist.
Japanese tourist robbed at gunpoint in Oamaru.
Irish cycle tourist Paul Mack bashed, robbed and urinated on throughout his NZ tour.
6 English and Danish tourists attacked and stabbed in Cashel Mall, Christchurch for having “foreign accents.”
Russian couple Denis Khotchenko and Lera Nesterova beaten and robbed in Milford, Auckland
English woman knifed and sexually assaulted in a toilet block at an A1 motor camp in Kaikoura
American campers Patrick Dykstra and Kelsey McGinley beaten and robbed at Whangarei Falls, Northland.
Australian tourist sexually assaulted on a street in broad daylight in Nelson.
Australian tourist subjected to a sex attack by Maia Crawford Rongonui whilst walking home to a backpackers in Christchurch.
Canadian tourist left with a fractured skull outside Silver Fern backpackers in Taupo.
Dutch tourist beaten and robbed at Lake Rotorua.
British man Paul Speakman and his young son beaten and robbed in a campervan at Athenree Gorge, Katikati.
Chinese woman attacked for speaking Chinese on a train approaching Petone.
Scottish visitor Stuart Martin who was left in a coma and with a boot print on his face after a street bashing in Taradale, Christchurch.
The Northern Advocate is carrying a story about a group of Japanese homestay students who lost most of their possessions whilst on a trip to Northland.
We’ve often blogged about crime in Northland, time and time again unwary travellers have been mugged and assaulted, or their vehicles broken into for the valuables they contain.
As ever, we advise all visitors not to carry valuables and not to leave them in their cars or campervans. We also suggested that Northland towns could provide safety deposit lockers for tourist use. We’ve also asked for tourism authorities to run public awareness campaigns aimed at visitors, with the hope of making them less of a target for opportunistic criminals, but unfortunately the crimes continue. It’s not just the victims that are being harmed, the reputation of Northland and the local tourism industry is also suffering,
“Five Japanese woman had their van broken into and three bags stolen within an hour of arriving in Whangarei yesterday for a week-long trip.
Three of the upset women were left with only the clothes they were standing in. They returned to the North Shore, where they were studying English, rather than continue their holiday in the North.
The women had planned to stay a week, go on tourist rides, visit Waitangi, Paihia, Russell, Cape Reinga, Waipoua Forest and many other places…
Less than a month ago two German tourists had their silver Toyota Liteace van broken into while at the Town Basin and their possessions rifled through and much stolen, including air tickets, toiletries and a bag.”
Whangarei District Councillor Jeroen Jongejans, chairman of the Northland Tourism said “stealing from tourists was low and did enormous damage to the region, reputation-wise and financially…”more here
Drew Hackett, the host of one of the students left a message on the Advocate’s website saying,
“Has the host father of one of the Japanese girls, as a New Zealander, I feel so embarresed that this happens so much in this country. These
girls planned this trip for quite a while, took a week off school and withing 2 hours of setting off, their planned trip changed because of some low life in Whangarei.
No they are nervous of going anywhere else in New Zealand and the entire english school and all its foreign students now know it is not advisable to travel north of Auckland.
What a kick in the guts for the decent people of Northland.”
You may also be interested in other Northland crime stories
French Tourists’ Campervan Attack – Jail Sentences Handed Down Three French tourists, Antonin Schopfer, 27, Guillaume Rey, 26, and Sebastien Vautier, 29 beaten and robbed as they camped in Mangamuka, Northland.
What Are You Doing In OUR Town?” Fear and loathing at Kawakawa’s iconic Hundertwasser toilets
Good Day For Northland Tourists A burglar with 24 previous convictions has been jailed for three years for a string of thefts from tourist vehicles in Whangarei.
A family of Swiss tourists assaulted and racially abused in Kaitaia.
Two German tourists attacked in Paihia.
Three Chinese tourists attacked and robbed at Te paki, 90 Mile Beach, by two men they’d stopped to help.
French tourist Anthony Cressend, beaten and robbed at campsite in Ahipara.
Dutch couple robbed and sexually attacked Haruru Falls, Northland whilst on honeymoon.
American campers Patrick Dykstra and Kelsey McGinley beaten and robbed at Whangarei Falls,
Asian woman, (probably Japanese) age 22, raped in her room by 2 teenagers in a home invasion in Opotiki, Northland
Anke Kuballa and Marc Busch from Germany who were robbed in Whangarei.
Planning an adventure tourism holiday to New Zealand?
We say give it a miss and find somewhere where the industry is better regulated and has a lower accident rate.
When you participate in an adventure tourism activity wouldn’t you prefer to know that the people taking your money will take all practicable steps to ensure your safety?
InterCity Group,, the company behind the Excitor III fast boat rides in Northland, has been instructed to pay a total of $270,000 to three passengers whose spines were fractured during separate rides last year:
Petulia Patey says her life has changed forever since she broke her back during a holiday jetboat trip in the Bay of Islands last year.
InterCity Group was today ordered to pay $270,000 – including $60,000 to Mrs Patey – after three women broke their backs in two separate incidents in January and March.
The company earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to take all practical steps to ensure their employees’ actions did not harm anyone.
Mrs Patey and her best friend Amanda Lee suffered compression fractures to their vertebrae when the boat, the Excitor III, hit two big waves, causing the women to become airborne and slam into the seat.
The second charge relates to an incident two months later that left Brisbane health worker Jan Phillips with broken vertebrae… more here
For more about this story read our blog from April 2011: Tourists Injured In Bay Of Islands Boat Incidents – Updated
Also in court today was Seafort Holdings Ltd who was ordered to pay $90,000 to Catherine Cooke, 53, who was left a paraplegic after a rough trip on the Mack Attack pleasure boat in the Bay of Islands. The company was also fined 30,000:
“…Richard John Prentice of Seafort Holdings had pleaded guilty two charges two charges of failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that no action or inaction of any employee while at work harmed any other person and failing to notify the director of Maritime New Zealand of the occurrence of serious harm as soon as possible after the occurrence became known…” more here
Just days ago a young Australian woman Tarla Carpenter’s, swing harness failed at the Nevis Bungy.
Other boating ‘accidents’ involving tourists in New Zealand
63 year old Canadian tourist Richard Evans was killed in a jet boat crash in Tauranga Harbour in February 2011.
The same month there was a boating collision in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. An Outward Bound cutter and a Dolphin Watch Ecotours boat came into contact, leaving one woman seriously injured and seven others requiring treatment for minor to moderate injuries.
n December an Australian doctor, 49 year old Catherine Carlyle from Adelaide, was flown to hospital with severe lacerations after coming into contact with a boat propeller in Ruakaka Bay, Marlborough Sounds.
Ms Carlyle hit the the boat’s prop as she jumped off the back of the Dolphin Watch Ecotours vessel, sustaining deep lacerations to her legs and a possible fracture.
Before that young American tourist Emily May Parker, from Denver Colorado, was found face down in Marlborough Sound whilst on a tour with Dolphin Ecowatch Tours in October 2009.
In November 2010 five people were taken to hospital when their Shotover Jet boat collided with a cliff wall near Queenstown, among them were tourists from Germany, the United States and Britain.
In September 2008, Chinese tourist Yan Wang, 42, was killed when a jetboat operated by Kawarau Jets flipped over in the Shotover River.
Since 1995 the NZ Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has investigated at least 20 occurrences involving jet boats.
Three involved high-speed rollovers: one each in 1997, 1998 and 2008.
The Commission made safety recommendations covering the fitment of rollover bars on jet boats operating on braided river systems and the need for accurate recording of passenger numbers on boats to assist emergency services. These three rollover accidents resulted in one fatality, five serious injuries and three minor injuries.
After series of fatal ‘accidents’ (mostly involving tourists) there was a wide ranging review of adventure tourism in New Zealand found gaps in safety. Following the review recommendations were made to introduce a registration scheme (not licensing) and mandatory safety auditing and regulations were recently introduced that will require operators to be registered and to undertake regular certificated safety audits.
Unfortunately the new regs didn’t take effect until October 2011 after which there will be a three year long period of grace before all businesses will be required to comply. More tragically, the ‘accidents’ keep on happening.
How many more will be injured or killed before all adventure operators and the regulation authorities get their act together?
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New Zealand’s reputation as a safe place to live has taken another knock with the news that a Whangarei supermarket (above) was held up by a man with a shotgun on Monday night. Not the sort of thing you’d expect to happen when you’re queuing up in your slippers to pay for your daily milk and bread.
An armed police response unit, called the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) , were called to local home after the alleged gunman fled from Tikipunga’s Countdown. Tikipunga is one the biggest suburbs in Whangarei.
The robbery comes at a time that the police union warn about a knife being taken to their budget, a murder investigation is launched after a woman’s body in found in a drain in Napier (the place where a gang recently fired a gun into a rugby crowd) and police finally get the go ahead to keep Glock pistols and Bushmaster rifles in every vehicle in their fleet.
You can read more about the actions of the AOS in New Zealand in our blog here
New Zealand is up to its ears in debt and a double dip recession is a real possibility.
Despite having a low wage economy and a large number of people claiming state benefits it is considered to be expensive relative to other similar countries- especially for housing and food. This has caused it to be described on many occasions as a “100 % Pure rip-off.”
New Zealand suffers from what has been called the “Great Kiwi Brain Drain” and struggles to keep skilled and educated people, many of whom leave in high numbers for better paid work in other countries – mostly Australia. Outward migration is at its highest for decades.
“Annual net permanent and long PLT) term migration has eased to 2,900 for the year to July 2011, down significantly from 15,200 for the year to July 2010. PLT departures increased strongly from 66,700 to 81,800 (up 22.7%) over the year. A total of 55,300 New Zealanders left the country, up from 41,100 a year ago (up 34.7%). Australia remains the most common destination for departing New Zealanders. A total of 41,500 New Zealanders departed for Australia, up strongly from 27,900 a year ago (up 48.4%).” source Labour and Immigration Research Centre, Dept. of Labour.
As more and more young people leave the population is rapidly aging, with some districts predicted to have 30% of residents aged over 65 by 2031.
In May 2011 Stastics New Zealand’s said the country’s population continued to age, with the number of New Zealanders aged over 85 having tripled in the past 30 years. Half of New Zealand residents are now aged over 36.8 years, compared with 34.6 a decade earlier. An increase in longevity means 1 in 60 New Zealanders is over the age of 85.
New Zealand’s reputation as being a great place to raise kids is a thing of the past because the family unit is fast disappearing in the country. The number of couples without children at home has overtaken couples with children at home for the first time since World War II.
Shockingly, one in five of those children live in poverty and are victims of what’s been called New Zealand “brown underclass” – 50% of them are Maori and Pacific Islanders, according to one report.
A survey conducted by Horizon Research showed that the “burgeoning gap between the haves and have-nots is frothing over into resentment, anger and disillusionment” in New Zealand:
Wealth gap divides nation
Those who are struggling are slamming the government for giving tax breaks to the rich, and for the perceived “propping up” of failed finance companies, while there is a growing tranche of middle- to high-income earners who see those on welfare as a drain on the country’s resources.
According to social researchers, the size of the gap between rich and poor can lead to a welter of other societal problems.
In their 2009 book Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue that almost every social problem common in developed societies – reduced life expectancy, child mortality, drugs, crime, homicide rates, mental illness and obesity – has a single root cause, inequality.
And the British academics say New Zealand has greater inequality than most countries.” source
Despite the high number of immigrants in the country there is a large amount of discrimination, particularly against Asian people, Pacific people and gays and lesbians. There are no specific hate crime laws in New Zealand. “it is a mixture of newness, ignorance and prejudice” see video below. Government departments top the list of where people experience the most discrimination.
Here are the facts. Click on the highlighted links to read the full stories, they will open in a new window:
- New Zealand is $162 billion in debt to the rest of the world, that’s 85% of the country’s GDP. “A ratio of net foreign liabilities to GDP above 60 per cent is considered risky.” The level of net foreign liabilities,which are the cumulative effect of decades of Kiwis spending more than they earn, put them by 2008 in the same neighbourhood as Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.” Source (December 2010)
- New Zealand is expensive. A $100 basket of supermarket goods costs almost 13% of the gross weekly wage, the same goods would be 9% in Britain and Australia and 7.5% in the USA. The NZHerald said “The figures support comments made by visiting rugby writer Peter Bills, who last month attacked New Zealand’s high prices as “one giant rip-off” for tourists and locals.” (August 2010)
- The average weekly mortgage in Auckland is $572. “That means an Aucklander would pay 70.5 per cent of the region’s average weekly wage - $812.04 take-home pay – on the mortgage for a median-priced Auckland house bought last month. This is up from 70.2 per cent in August. Outside Auckland, affordability is worst in Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Tauranga, the report shows.” Source (October 2010)
- The Prime Minister of NZ is the sixth highest paid leader in the developed world in terms of salary relative to GDP, earning a basic salary of $393,000. That is proportionately higher than France’s Prime Minister Francois Fillon, US President Barack Obama, Japan’s Naoto Kan, Germany’s Angela Merkel, Australia’s Julia Gillard, and Britain’s David Cameron.
- The great Kiwi Brain Drain is estimated to cost New Zealand $14,000 for each person that leaves the country through foregone tax and costs of government services such as education, according to World Bank research.
- *The finance company South Canterbury Finance was place in receivership after a bid to re-capitilise failed. The NZ government has bailed out investors to the sum of $1.7 billion to cover their losses, about $150 million more than was needed.
- “Government-guaranteed finance company Equitable Mortgages called in receivers on 26 November 2010″, it has approximately $178 million in Crown-guaranteed deposits. This triggered the Crown’s guarantee under the terms of the Extended Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme.” (NZ Herald)
- “Around 200,000 New Zealand savers have NZ$6.3 billion frozen in 59 dead or dying ‘Zombie’ finance companies and investment trusts…The New Zealand economy feels a lot like a ‘Zombie Nation’ that wants to keep extending the loans and pretending that eventually everything will eventually go back to normal.” Bernard Hickey, writing for The NZ Herald. (August 2010)
- More than five companies have called upon the government’s Retail Deposit Guarantee scheme since it was introduced in October 2008. The receivers of Vision Securities Ltd, Rod Pardington and David Levin of Deloitte, expect distributions from any cash recovered to be “significantly less than the payments made to eligible investors under the Crown retail deposit guarantee scheme. Vision, which specialised in financing retirement villages, was sent to the receivers in April, owing 958 investors some $28.4 million.
- *At April 30, 2010 the Treasury estimated $880 million for the net cost of all defaults under the bank guarantee scheme, in mid July 2010 that was increased to $887 million. The last company to be put into receivership was finance company minnow Rockforte Finance in early May, which had deposits of just NZ$3.2 million.
- “People in Northland are too poor to pay council rates. Hardest hit is the Far North District Council, where unpaid rates over the past six years now total $26 million – $4 million higher than last year and $8 million up on 2008. The increase is being put down to the effects of the recession. The number of properties owing rates has fallen since last year but each property on average owes more. Last year, 5500 general land properties owed $9.4m. This year those figures are 4700 and $11.4m. With Maori freehold land the increase is sharper, from 2180 properties owing $11.7m last year to 2100 properties owing $14.8m now. A major factor this year, according to strategic policy manager Chris Ellington, is the number of subdivisions owing money but in receivership.”
- “Out of a population of 4 million there are 360,000 working-aged New Zealanders on welfare benefits or accident compensation. That’s 12.4 per cent, or one eighth, of all those aged 15 to 64 – up from just 2 per cent a half-century ago. More than a fifth of children (21 per cent) are growing up in benefit-dependent families. More than a quarter of working-aged Maori (26 per cent) are on benefits or ACC.
- Rents are set to rise and property prices fall over the next two years until levelling out, the increase in rent is due to changes in personal taxation being passed on to tenants (July 2010)
- Sheep and beef farming in New Zealand could disappear because of a drop in profits, farmers are moving ‘in droves’ into dairy and forestry. If the sheep and meat industry is “not fixed we’re going to have a country covered by dairy cows and pine trees.”
- Tourism plays a significant role in the New Zealand economy. For the year ended March 2009, tourism directly and indirectly contributed $15 billion (or 9.1%) to New Zealand’s GDP (excluding GST and import duties). International tourist expenditure over this period accounted for $9.3 billion or 16.4% of New Zealand’s total export earnings. In 2008 New Zealand received just over 2.2 million international visitors (aged 15 years and over). Of these visitors, 849200, or 38%, participated in at least one adventure activity while in New Zealand.
- In total, international visitors who participated in at least one adventure tourism activity (international adventure tourists) spent $3.0 billion on their New Zealand trip (excluding international airfares) This is half of total international visitor expenditure ($5.9 billion), indicating that adventure tourism activities are an important component of the New Zealand visitor experience.
- Ministry of Tourism statistics indicate that ‘adventure tourists’ are a valuable market segment. On average, international adventure tourists spent $3,520 on their New Zealand trip (excluding international airfares). This is more than the average trip spend of all international tourists, which is $2,682 per trip
- International students are worth $2 Billion annually to the NZ economy. One leading academic has described them as being “only seen as cash cows“Latest statistics put the figure for foreign students studying in NZ at 93,500, including about 15,400 in schools and 29,400 in tertiary institutions. There was a 10 per cent growth in revenue from international fee-paying students last year, totalling $664 million. As a result places for less ‘lucrative’ NZ students are limited.OECD data shows that New Zealand’s wages lag around 30% behind its nearest neighbour Australia. In the past 12 months Australian wages have climbed faster than New Zealand’s (Feb 2010)
- The government says it has no intention of selling Kiwibank, the only NZ owned bank in New Zealand. John Key said ”We’ve got no intentions of selling it. Our position is that we won’t be selling any assets this term.” (June 2010)
Demographics and Immigration
- “A Maori academic says immigration by whites should be restricted because they pose a threat to race relations due to their “white supremacist” attitudes. The controversial comments come in response to a Department of Labour report, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Star-Times, which found Maori are more likely to express anti-immigration sentiment than Pakeha or any other ethnic group. Margaret Mutu, head of Auckland University’s department of Maori studies, agreed with the findings and called on the government to restrict the number of white migrants arriving from countries such as South Africa, England and the United States as they brought attitudes destructive to Maori. “They do bring with them, as much as they deny it, an attitude of white supremacy, and that is fostered by the country,” she said…” read more (Sept 2011)
- “New Zealand’s children suffer not only a higher rate of hardship than other New Zealanders, but a greater share of New Zealand’s children face hardship than in many other countries. New Zealand’s older population faces a low rate of hardship relative to the other New Zealand age groups and relative to the same age groups in other countries. Having about one out of every five children facing hardship is a situation that must be improved. The comparison to other countries shows that New Zealand is unusual in choosing to impose such a burden on the youngest segment of the population.” Source NZ Institute report NZ Ahead
- Net migration in year to September 2010 year was 13,900. Asian emigration has overtaken that from Great Britain, with net gains from the United Kingdom of 6300, India 5900, and China 3500.
- Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in the country and Statistics New Zealand projects it will increase by around 3.4 percent a year to reach 790,000 by 2026. The number of Asians is expected to almost equal the number of Maori within 16 years.
- By 2026 15% of the total workforce in New Zealand will be from Asian countries according to a report. 50% of working age Asians are aged 15-34 are likely to be university educated and working professionally. “The report also tells us degree-qualified Asians are three times more likely to be working as clerks as the national average, suggesting many are actually over qualified for the job they’re in.”
- “Asian New Zealanders continue disproportionately to experience discrimination and harassment. The Human Rights Commission has identified action to counter discrimination against Asian New Zealanders as one of the top ten race relations priorities for 2010.” – NZ Human Rights Commission, August 2010.
- A 100 year old woman died from scabies, after her condition had gone untreated for too long at a Tauranga rest home. A Herald article said that the family of the dead woman weren’t alone in their concerns over her treatment and care. “Several recent reports point to a tsunami of problems bearing down on the sector: a burgeoning ageing population; a lack of facilities; a lack of Government money; and poor standards, auditing and complaints procedures.
- Marlborough is set to become the retirement capital of New Zealand, by 2031 31% of its population will be over 65 years old. Otago’s will rise to 22% over the next 20 years. New Zealand’s rapidly aging population is going to have massive implications for health care.
- “House building consents fell more than 5 per cent in July 2010 according to official figures, more than outweighing a small rise in June, but apartment consents rose in the month to more than 200, the best level for a year. More than half of the new apartments were retirement flats.” BusinessDay.co.nz 31 August 2010
- The family unit is disappearing in New Zealand. Statistics NZ’s latest family and household projections show that couples without children at home overtook couples with children at home in 2008 for the first time since at least World War II.
- Northland has the highest unemployment rate in the country with 7,000 people out of work and still rising. There were only 255 jobs listed in Work and Income books in Whangarei on July 9 this year.
- Migrants are important to the NZ economy. The migrant population of 927,000 people had a positive net fiscal impact of $3,288 million in the year to 30 June 2006. The net fiscal impact per head was $2,680 for recent migrants, $3,470 for intermediate migrants and $4,280 for earlier migrants. The net fiscal impact for the New Zealand-born population was $915 per head. Migration is coming to a standstill and is predicted to turn into negative figures.
- “Tairawhiti has been labelled the domestic violence capital of New Zealand — it is tragically common here, but the awareness we have helped raise means this region also has very high levels of incident-reporting by family members and neighbours.” - Editorial in the Gisborne Herald