When it comes to showing up other countries, it’s looking like a big year here for us folk down here at the bottom of the world.
We are set to have a population of five million people by the end of the year. But, is little old New Zealand ready for it?
Our creaking infrastructure, our housing shortage, our disappearing coastlines.
Are we equipped to cope with this mind-blowing milestone?
Well who cares! Because now there’s a campaign to turn reaching five million into a race!
You see we’re currently neck-and-neck with another island nation. That island? Ireland.
With a population of 4,833,267, they already have a 57,000 head-start on us.
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