New Zealand as a Village of 100 People
If the population of New Zealand was squashed 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 ---
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:
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
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
Information sourced from the Statistics New Zealand infographic New Zealand as a Village of 100 People.
More info can be found here http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census.aspx and here http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/2013-census-infographic-nzvillage.aspx and probably also by asking the all-knowing, all-powerful Google.