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They all seem to move to Auckland for some reason.
It seems to be forgotten that a very large area of New
Zealand is uninhabitable. We require land and resources
to look after ourselves, even with modern technology the
ability of the land to do so is ultimately limited.
Already our near neighbour Australia has passed that state,
with the population restricted to mainly the coastal fringe,
lack of water and now land degradation. Australia can
safely support a population of around 15 million, here we are
luckier, perhaps 5 million, no more.
NZ is never going to be a China or an India, but it could
grow to maybe half the size of Australia, and then maybe
expats would start returning rather than having 50,000 a year
Gregglies. Trying telling that to regular people like Mr and
Mrs Wong in China or Mr and Mrs Singh in India about the
advantages of a larger population. Large population doesn't
mean preosperity for all. Prosperity for all, or more, is
dependent on how evenly the cake is divided up.
Having lived in Britain and Australia there are a lot of
advantages to having a larger population. While it may drive
up the price of housing, it drives down the price of
everything else, making the overall cost of living much
cheaper. More ratepayers also means a smaller share for each
ratepayer to pay off the indebted city's assets; meaning
effectively we may have already signalled that as a city we
need more people.
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