NEW ZEALAND AS A VILLAGE OF 100 PEOPLE

If the population of New Zealand was squished down into a village of 100 people, what would that look like?

An intriguing question ...

I stumbled across an interesting infographic on the Statistics New Zealand website called "New Zealand as a village of 100 people."

My brain started whirring and I thought to myself, "I really hated statistics at school (I was more of a calculus kinda girl), but this is quite interesting!" and then I thought "I wonder what that would look like as a series of portraits?"

So this is my goal: to photograph 100 New Zealanders and show population of New Zealand in a visual way.

 

--- Watch this space for the final 100 portraits ---

 
 
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What does a New Zealander look like?

I've taken data from the 2013 census and planned a series of portraits of what a typical kiwi looks like. Specifically, the three aspects of the data that are able to be portrayed visually: gender, age and ethnicity. So, out of 100 people, this is what a typical New Zealander will look like:

Gender

  • 51 females
  • 49 males

Age

  • 0-10 years / 13 people 
  • 10-20 years / 14 people
  • 20-30 years / 13 people
  • 30-40 years / 12 people
  • 40-50 years / 14 people
  • 50-60 years / 13 people
  • 60-70 years / 11 people
  • 70-80 years / 6 people
  • 80+ years / 4 people

Ethnicity

  • 70 European,
  • 14 Maori,
  • 11 Asian,
  • 7 Pacific Islands,
  • 1 Middle East or Africa or Latin America
  • (Note: multiple answers were possible, so numbers equal more than 100)
 
 

Can you help?

Do you belong to a group that would be interested in being photographed as part of this project? Contact me!

 

Some more interesting figures ...

  • New Zealand's population is 4,242,048 (at the 2013 census)
  • Our population has tripled in the last 90 years!
  • The median age in New Zealand is 38
  • A third of all Maori are under the age of 15
  • Our Asian population has doubled in size since 2001  
  • 1 in every 100 New Zealanders is homeless
 

2013 Census

Information sourced from the Statistics New Zealand infographic New Zealand as a Village of 100 People.