Older people dominate force in rural towns
Waikato Regional Council’s voter turnout would be 40 per cent, Hamilton city’s 38 per cent and Waikato district, 32 per cent.
The report said voter turnout was a measure of how well people connected and invested in their community.
When it came to jobs, research showed there would be more people leaving the workforce than entering from Matamata-Piako and Waikato districts.
It also showed that across the three areas, Maori population tended to do the most volunteer or unpaid caring work (34.9 per cent) with the next highest Pacific people (31.5 per cent), people of European decent (26.9 per cent) and Asian people (14.9 pe cent).
When it came to education, 21 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds in Matamata-Piako had no formal qualifications while the number was 20 per cent in Waikato district and 12 per cent in Hamilton.
Just 39 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds in Matamata-Piako had a NZQA level 4 or higher qualification, while the number was 43 per cent in Waikato district and 55 per cent in Hamilton city.
The report also gathered statistics of the environment which showed 85 per of protected areas in MatamataPiako were ‘‘acutely threatened’’ which meant less than 10 per cent of native vegetation remained. About onethird of protected areas in Hamilton city and Waikato district were deemed to be acutely threatened.