May 11, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Government funding follows Pakeha age trends

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(Source | Waatea News) The director of the new National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis says it was formed because the government is ignoring important trends, such as the age gap between Maori and Pakeha populations.

The institute brings together demographers and economists from Waikato University with public policy experts from the Wellington-based Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust.

Natalie Jackson says the fact half the Maori population is under 23, while the Pakeha median age is 38, is creating a misallocation of resources in areas such as education and housing.

The Pakeha population was youthful like this as recently as the 1970s and at that time policies were directed at a young population. Increasingly theyre directed at an older population and its needs with the health system and the welfare state and so on but we absolutely must not overlook this enormously youthful Maori population within our midst, she says.

Professor Jackson says the Government is not funding the social research that is needed to keep Maori issues to the fore.

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