Increasing levels of immigration to New Zealand has helped to address the NZ gender disparity of males popularly termed as ‘man drought’. The disparity in the ratio of males and females has been the reason for anger amongst New Zealanders in recent years. The scarcity of eligible males has been blamed for several issues.
The true extent of NZ gender disparity was revealed by the census of 2013. It revealed that for the adult population in the range of 15+ years, there were just 92 males for every 100 females in New Zealand. In the age range of 25 to 49 years, the ratio was far worse. It was -91 men for every 100 women!
The NZ gender disparity of males is not uniform across New Zealand. In parts of North Island, the male to female ratio for age range 25 to 49 years was 86 to 100. In Canterbury, it was 96 to 100, as quoted by the Stuff Co NZ.
Thanks to the high levels of immigration since 2013, the population of New Zealand has boomed and grown by 400,000 individuals. This has also positively impacted the NZ gender disparity of males.
The latest estimates have revealed that as of now for every 100 women in the age range of 25 to 49 years there are 95 males. This is an increase of 3 males for every 100 women in the past 5 years. It is also projected that in the period 2013 March to 2017 December, the numbers of males in the earlier mentioned age group enhanced by 86,000. Meanwhile, the numbers of women increased by 63,000. This is a net addition of 23,000 males over the females.
Thus the estimates have given some hopes to those who have been affected by the ‘man drought’. But the actual difference will be revealed only when the 2018 Census results are published that are underway now.
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