Facing New Partnerships
New Zealand’s population makeup may one day number more Asians than Maori according to a new study called, ‘Asians in New Zealand: Implications of a Changing Demography’, launched in Auckland this month. Authored by Waikato University’s Professor Richard Bedford and Dr Elsie Ho, the Asian New Zealand Foundation report has found that the headcount of Asians in New Zealand was increasing due to growing ties with the region. An integral part of the growing relationship with Asia has been the opening up of New Zealand to immigration of talent, capital and visitors from Asia. Statistics New Zealand sees the Asian population reaching 790,000 by 2026, marginally behind the Maori population on an estimated 820,000.