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New research institute will focus on demographics and the impact on Māori

New research institute will focus on demographics and the impact on Māori

Māori issues will be a key focus of a new research institute at Waikato University.

The new National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis director Professor Natalie Jackson says the institute brings together demographers from the university’s Population Studies Centre, economists from Waikato University, and public policy experts from Wellington-based Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust.

Professor Jackson says they’re concerned government agencies are ignoring the implications of having half the Māori population under 23, while the median age of the Pakeha population is 38 “the different age structures mean that you have a very youthful Māori population within this total aging population and it means that Māori will disproportionately comprise the labour force in the future and have enormous need for education.”

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