Economics, Demographics And Immigration

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 – that caused it to be described as a “100 % Pure rip-off.” It relies heavily on agricultural exports, immigration, international education and tourism to keep the economy afloat.

It suffers from what has been called the “Great Kiwi Brain Drain” and struggles to keep skilled and educated people who leave in high numbers for better paid work in other countries – mostly Australia.

The population is rapidly aging, with some districts predicted to have 30% of residents aged over 65 by 2031.

In  May 2011 Statistics New Zealand’s said the  country’s population continues 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 New Zealand. The number of couples without children at home has overtaken couples with children at home for the first time since world war 2. And, shockingly, one in five of those children live in poverty.

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 links to read the full stories:


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)
  • 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.
  • 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.