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Who and what were involved in creating the report.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi undertook a major review of the rapidly changing New Zealand population, and the implications of this for the economy, social cohesion, education, and health. Its purpose was to promote informed discussion of the implications of the 2013 New Zealand Census for understanding the changing nature of New Zealand society.

Steering panel

The Council of the Royal Society Te Apārangi appointed a steering panel including Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand and scholars in relevant areas of expertise:

  • Professor Gary Hawke FRSNZ (Chair)
  • Professor Richard Bedford FRSNZ
  • Dr Tahu Kukutai
  • Dr Malcolm McKinnon
  • Professor Erik Olssen FRSNZ
  • Professor Paul Spoonley FRSNZ

A large network of scholars contributed to produce an interdisciplinary review of the evidence and current state of knowledge, integrating the 2013 Census results.

Report areas  

The resulting Our Futures: Te Pae Tawhiti report provides an overview of the changing New Zealand population and the impact this will have on a broad range of areas:

  • Diversity
  • Population change
  • Tangata whenua
  • Migration
  • Households and families
  • Regional variation
  • Work

The report was not offered as the definitive statement on this complex topic, but aimed to inform the public, provoke discussion and debate, and herald a growing awareness of what New Zealand might look like in the future.