Population Growth, Immigration and Ihumātao

Why can we not have an honest and open debate about population growth and immigration in Aotearoa-New Zealand, without the debate rapidly deteriorating into name calling and accusations of racism and xenophobia. The ongoing Ihumātao protests and ensuing debate recently bought to this to a head where Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki was accused … Continue reading

Going for broke

It has been over a year since I posted here, and suffice to say, unfortunately very little has changed on the population front in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Labour-led Government, while making some noises about reducing immigration levels and moving away from an economy that relies on population growth for GDP growth – both prior to, … Continue reading

A New Year; A New Government for New Zealand

A New Year and New Government for New Zealand. Well it is still kind of new, having been formed in the latter part of 2017. So what has this Government done regarding the population issues confronting New Zealand? Unfortunately nothing of significance. Population growth is still at all time highs due to strong inward migration. … Continue reading

fish anyone? redux

Three years ago there was considerable debate regarding the introduction of stricter size and number limits for recreational fishing in Northern New Zealand. What was missing from the debate was the impact of population growth and the associated increased pressure on fish stocks. I blogged on this issue three years ago, stating that as New Zealand’s … Continue reading

New Zealand has a migration crisis

New Zealand has a migration crisis on par with Europe. It is just that the mode of arrival of new migrants is via different means. New Zealand has had net-migration gains for the past 3 years with records being broken month after month. In the year to April 2016, New Zealand had a net-migration gain … Continue reading

Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

George Friedman writes a very interesting piece of analysis on the coming (hopefully) reduction, and reversal, of population growth. I have written a number of times on this subject in this blog stating that such a reduction and reversal in population growth does not necessarily have to have negative consequences, but can likely bring many … Continue reading

The End of the Age Pyramid

I have blogged about population pyramids before, however this article published in the Atlantic magazine is well worth the read. New Zealand is in a similar position to the USA, in that, our population is balancing. That is we are progressing from having more young people than old people, to having similar numbers of all … Continue reading