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New Zealand’s growth concentrated in handful of regions
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  21 October 2016

Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2016 (provisional)  –  Media Release

The four fastest-growing regional council areas accounted for over 75 percent of New Zealand’s population growth in the year to June 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Auckland’s population swelled with a 2.8 percent increase, followed by Canterbury and Waikato (2.3 percent each), and Bay of Plenty (2.2 percent). These regions all exceeded the national level of 2.1 percent growth.

Fifteen of New Zealand’s 16 regions experienced growth, and three-quarters had greater increases than in the year to June 2015.

“The most significant component of growth in most areas was record net migration – more people arrived and fewer departed,” senior analyst Kirsten Nissen said. “Not only was growth high in the big cities, but also in their surrounding areas.”

The Queenstown-Lakes district overtook the Selwyn district as the fastest-growing territorial authority area in the year to June, with a 7.1 percent population increase. Growth in Queenstown-Lakes and the greater Christchurch area accounted for about 73 percent of the population increase in the South Island.

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For media enquiries contact: Kirsten Nissen, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 21 October 2016

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