Ageing kiwis, outward migration threat to rural areas, not Auckland, NZIER says

Wed, 30 May 2012

By Paul McBeth May 30 (BusinessDesk) - Rural New Zealand is likely to disproportionately suffer the consequences of the country's ageing population and outward migration through a loss of skilled and innovative labour, according to the NZ Institute of Economic Research. Principal economist Shamubeel Eaqub told a briefing in Wellington the country's shrinking population under the age of 40 is "very troubling" and the outflow of young people will have a bigger impact on rural areas that struggle to attract and retain talented labour. "That sl...

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