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Young women flock to NZ

Filed under: General — JohnPotter @ 2:22 pm Wed 22nd June 2005

Women of “marriageable age” are flocking to New Zealand at rates of up to one-third higher than men.

A new study has found that New Zealand has a higher ratio of women to men in the peak childbearing ages of 30 to 34 than any other industrialised country, with 9 per cent more women than men.

Researcher Paul Callister says the surplus of women in their 30s is higher today than it was after thousands of men died in the Great War.

“In New Zealand in 1921 and 1926 we were busily building war memorials in small towns to ‘missing men’,” he said.

“The overall picture of sex ratios in 2004 is even more dramatic than the ongoing effects of loss of men in World War I.”

“It could be to do with how the economy is changing,” Dr Callister said. “We have always had historical immigration that has been gendered. When we had a lot of tree cutting, we had more men than women.

“Now that we want more nurse-aides, childcare workers, cleaners and, dare I say it, prostitutes, we are going to bring in a different sort of labour and it’s going to be predominantly female.”


  1. I wonder why then, that women from all over the world are flocking her to NZ….. They can probably all see how much better women have it here than men – with all the rediculous female – biased laws, what woman would not want to live here ?

    Comment by Moose — Wed 22nd June 2005 @ 10:14 pm

  2. My thoughts exactly Moose.
    And I’m just one of many good Kiwi blokes who’ve become sick of living in NZ where we’re villified for no good reason, but just because we’re men, And then headed overseas to much more male friendly places.
    Ah New Zealand. She’s a screwed up place these days.
    I’ll gleefully look forward to the marriage and fertility strike taking hold (if it hasn’t already) unless men get a much fairer shake there.

    Comment by Stephen Gee — Wed 22nd June 2005 @ 10:25 pm

  3. Bloody men, they don’t always do what you want them to…..?
    Oh, how to ever get them to behave?

    Male Scarcity is Differentially Related to Male Marital Likelihood across the Life Course

    Daniel J. Kruger, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Email:
    [email protected] (Corresponding author)
    Erin Schlemmer, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

    If marriage markets were only subject to the influences of numerical supply and
    demand, one would expect that the scarcer sex in a population would have a greater
    proportion married. Previous research has demonstrated that when males are scarce, they
    are actually less likely to be married, presumably because their market scarcity enhances
    their short term mating success and decreases incentives for commitment. However, males
    in modern societies appear to shift from mating effort to parental investment across the life
    course. Also, women preferentially value indicators of phenotypic quality for short term
    relationships, and these signals may be increasingly difficult to display with progressive
    physiological senescence. We predicted that men in low sex ratio populations would use
    market scarcity to their advantage for mating effort when young, but would shift towards
    commitment strategies when older. Data from the 50 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas
    in the USA confirmed that a female biased sex ratio was associated with a lower proportion
    of men married between ages 20 and 29, but a higher proportion of men married between
    ages 35 and 74.
    Don’t take it all too seriously…

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Wed 24th June 2015 @ 12:34 pm

  4. In Asia, preferential killing of girls results in excess males, an opposite and equally serious social problem.

    I suggest that NZ should be looking much more carefully at boy’s performance in schools, the sex ratios in society and sex ratio among teachers in schools.

    ‘Asia’s Missing Women’ as a Problem in Applied Evolutionary Psychology?

    Robert Brooks, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental
    Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Email: [email protected].

    In many parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, women and children
    are so undervalued, neglected, abused, and so often killed, that sex ratios are now strongly
    male biased. In recent decades, sex-biased abortion has exacerbated the problem. In this
    article I highlight several important insights from evolutionary biology into both the origin
    and the severe societal consequences of ‘Asia’s missing women’, paying particular
    attention to interactions between evolution, economics and culture. Son preferences and
    associated cultural practices like patrilineal inheritance, patrilocality and the Indian Hindu
    dowry system arise among the wealthy and powerful elites for reasons consistent with
    models of sex-biased parental investment. Those practices then spread via imitation as
    technology gets cheaper and economic development allows the middle class to grow
    rapidly. I will consider evidence from India, China and elsewhere that grossly male-biased
    sex ratios lead to increased crime, violence, local warfare, political instability, drug abuse,
    prostitution and trafficking of women. The problem of Asia’s missing women presents a
    challenge for applied evolutionary psychology to help us understand and ameliorate sex
    ratio biases and their most severe consequences.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Fri 26th June 2015 @ 8:18 pm

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