Aotearoa needs Maori back from Australia

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(Source | Waatea News) 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. Its 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. Thats 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.

She says the government and employers don’t seem to realise that there will no longer be an ever-increasing pool of young people who they can pick and choose from and not treat particularly well.

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