30 May 2024

NZ census shows an increase in Pacific population

From , 6:02 am on 30 May 2024
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New Zealand's former minister for Pacific Peoples has weighed in on the future of Pasifika in Aotearoa following the release of the latest census data and pre-budget announcement.

The latest 2023 Census data by Stats N-Z shows a fast growing youthful Pacific population that makes up 9 percent of New Zealand with a median age of 25.

It comes just as people prepare to find out how the coalition government has sliced the pie.

RNZ Pacific's Eleisha Foon spoke with community leader and former politician Aupito William Sio about why he believes Pasifika and Maori are the future and why they should be prioritised in the upcoming budget.