Thursday, November 06, 2008

617 - sex, geography and demographics

Dear Stacy,

Thanks for your amusing piece on the current social demographics in New Zealand.

Just one question, can you find Wellington on a map?

Kind regards

Slim pickings: Kiwi tourism campaign pushes 'man drought'
Stacey Lobo, November 6, 2008

Aussie sheilas are not the only women down south facing a "man drought".

Our neighbours in New Zealand are suffering from the same problem but are using their lack of men and surplus of single women as a selling point in the latest Tourism New Zealand marketing campaign to hit Britain.

The campaign, spearheaded by a press release issued by Tourism New Zealand's that publicises the "man drought", was picked up by the British media who sent the call-out to its countrymen.

While the picturesque beauty of New Zealand is reason enough to lure in tourists, Tourism New Zealand has focused its efforts on the scenery of a different kind when appealing to the British male population.

Statistics New Zealand has reported that in Kapiti Coast just north of Wellington, there are only 89 men for every 100 women, earning it the title of "man drought capital of New Zealand".

But British men should not feel confined to the South Island when searching for a soul-mate, with Napier, Rotura and Gisborne in the North Island, also short of potential husbands.

Keen males should, however, steer clear from the rural towns of New Zealand, especially Otorohanga, which boasts the highest ratio of males to females at 134 men for every 100 women.

The "man drought" can partly be attributed to what New Zealander's refer to as "the big OE" - an extended overseas working holiday common among 18 to 30 year-olds. During this time, New Zealand men tend to live abroad longer than their female counterparts.

The tongue-in-cheek approach to boosting tourism has received fervent backing from local New Zealand women.

"There are very slim pickings here - most of them are solo dads or part-time fathers with lots of baggage," 28-year-old Melissa Steinmetz said.

"I am waiting for Mr Right, my fairytale prince to come knocking at my door, but I have had to lower my standards. Unless you want someone over 70 or under 20 you are out of luck."

Appropriated in full from The Age

But seriously, the thought of those pasty-faced English blokes being lured to New Zealand for a bit of kiwi tottie makes me a tad nauseas. Just as young British women were shipped off to the colonies in enforced prostitution at the beginning of our white history, the decedents of the same women are now sexual bait for a different group of English men.

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Blogger docwitch said...

Gah! Bloody gah!

Stacy appears to be counting on her readers having had no experience of New Zealand, and it's demographics, (nor maybe even sex for that matter).

Don't get me started on one of my favourite rants: the flabbiness of journalism in this country.

9:29 pm  
Anonymous Jeannette Belliveau said...

Very interesting post. I deal with the issue of man shortages in all Western nations (and man surpluses in the developing world) as a motivator of female sex tourism in my book, Romance on the the Road: Traveling Women Who Love Foreign Men. It's fascinating to see this recognized as a demographic reality and used for different purposes, i.e., to lure British men to New Zealand to meet the women. Unfortunately, the man shortage in Britain has existed for more than a century, so this doesn't help British women, and in fact gives them additional reason to pursue Shirley Valentine romances around the Mediterranean and in Africa and the Caribbean.

2:19 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

JB - an interesting point. But I'm sure if you wrote that piece of journalism you'd have least have found out what island the capital city is in :)

Doc - yup - you get it!

7:57 am  

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