Local councils are once again putting their thoughts towards their Long Term (10-year) Plans which need to be completed next year. Fundamental to their plans are reliable metrics on the size of their current and future population.
Small area boundaries have changed in New Zealand and Infometrics is gearing up for the changeover. We are evolving our Small Area Economic Profiles (https://www.infometrics.co.nz/product/small-area-profiles) into a more comprehensive Small Area Economic Framework based on the new boundaries.
Replacing retiring baby boomers will cause headaches for Northland employers over the coming decade, but a large cohort of young Māori represent a key labour market opportunity.
Infometrics Community Profiles are a free resource which bring together a wide range of census data. We will be updating these profiles when the 2018 Census is made available next year.
Chart of the month: not only is Wellington City the worlds’ most liveable city it is also New Zealand’s most creative.
Infometrics has updated its Creativity Index for 2017 and Wellington retains the top spot.
The new government seeks to reduce migration from its record breaking highs. It also has a strong focus on regional development as many regions face declining population. However, it faces a mighty challenge to reconcile these two policies which could work against each other.
According to our Boho measure of creativity, Wellington is New Zealand’s most creative city. The Boho measures the proportion of a city’s workforce that is involved in creative and artistic occupations and industries. Professor Richard Florida popularised the Boho measure and argued that a vibrant artistic community is a necessary condition to attract talented people to fuel the knowledge economy.
Whether you’re personally interested in a particular area, want to identify community needs, have to develop a long-term strategic plan, or allocating financial resources to where they are needed most, robust knowledge of the demographic characteristics of a community can help you build a better picture of your district or region. Infometrics interactive web-based Community Profiles are the tool you need.
Infometrics web-based annual Regional Economic Profiles have become the benchmark for gaining an in-depth understanding of the economic structure and performance of NZ’s regions and local authorities over time. With a wealth of information ranging from employment, GDP right through to tourism estimates, housing affordability and beneficiary numbers there is something for everyone.
The number of kids leaving school in New Zealand is now declining. Couple this with an ageing workforce and it means that employers are going to increasingly struggle to find trained individuals for their job openings. We need to consider how industries and region are going to face this challenge.