Older peo­ple dom­i­nate force in ru­ral towns

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - LAWRENCE GULLERY

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.

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