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Population growth outpaces Australia's
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 August 2015

National Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015  –  Media Release

New Zealand's population is growing at its fastest rate for over a decade, and is exceeding Australia's growth rate, according to new estimates released by Statistics New Zealand today.

The country’s population grew by 86,900 people, or 1.9 percent, in the year to 30 June 2015. This came from net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 58,300, and natural increase (births minus deaths) of 28,700. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.6 million at 30 June 2015. The latest figures show Australia's population growing at 1.4 percent a year.

"The last time New Zealand's population grew at this rate was in 2003 when the increase was 2 percent," population statistics manager Vina Cullum said. "The last time New Zealand's growth rate exceeded Australia's was 2004."

We are also seeing changes in the age structure with the younger (15–39 years) and older (40–64 years) working-age populations now similar in size (33.3 and 32.2 percent of the total population, respectively). In comparison, two decades ago those aged 15–39 years accounted for 38.7 percent of the population while those aged 40–64 years comprised only 26.7 percent.

"The working-age population is now equally split between younger and older people," Ms Cullum said. "The population has aged over the last 20 years with a larger proportion of the population in the 40–64 age group than there was in 1995." 

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For media enquiries contact: Kim Dunstan, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 14 August 2015

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