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Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2016 (provisional)
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  21 October 2016
Key facts

In the June 2016 year the estimates indicate:

  • 15 of New Zealand's 16 regions experienced population growth.
  • Auckland (2.8 percent), Canterbury and Waikato (both 2.3 percent), and Bay of Plenty (2.2 percent) regions grew faster than the national average (2.1 percent).
  • Almost 80 percent of the population growth happened in the North Island, with Auckland accounting for about 46 percent growth.
  • 64 of the 67 territorial authority areas had population growth.
  • The three fastest-growing territorial authority areas were the Queenstown-Lakes (7.1 percent) and Selwyn (6.7 percent) districts, and Tauranga city (2.9 percent).
  • Median age varies across New Zealand, from 31.8 years (Hamilton) to 52.4 years (Thames-Coromandel).

See the commentary and tables for more information, including annual results.

Map, Regional population change, year ended 30 June 2016.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0673
21 October 2016

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