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Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  23 October 2012
Key facts

Subnational population estimates give the best available measure of the size and age-sex composition of New Zealand's 16 regional council areas (regions) and 67 territorial authority areas.

In the June 2012 year the estimates indicate:

  • Christchurch city's population decreased by 4,600 people (1.2 percent).
  • 38 territorial authority areas experienced population growth.
  • The fastest-growing territorial authority area was Selwyn district (up 2.9 percent).
  • Canterbury region's population decreased by 1,800 people (0.3 percent).
  • Auckland accounted for three-quarters of New Zealand's population growth, increasing 21,700 (1.5 percent).
  • Waikato and Nelson regions both grew 0.8 percent, slightly above the national average (0.6 percent).
Graph, Regional population change, year ended 30 June 2012.

 

Geoff Bascand 23 October 2012
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0673
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