Population on the Rise

Births, deaths and immigrants have again lifted New Zealand’s population in the past year, a recent report from Statistics NZ has revealed.

Of the 73 territorial authority areas, 68 had population increases, compared with 64 in 2009 and 59 in 2008.

The report shows that of the territorial authority areas, the Selwyn and Queenstown-Lakes districts had the highest growth rates in the June 2010 year (both up 2.5 per cent). Other territorial authority areas with high growth rates included Manukau city and Rodney district (both up 1.9 per cent), and Waitakere city (up 1.8 per cent).

Within New Zealand’s 16 regions, Auckland’s population grew at the fastest rate over the year. Auckland has now been New Zealand’s fastest-growing region for the last nine June years – in the June 2010 year, its population grew by 23,300 (1.6 per cent) making it the only region with a growth rate above the 1.2 per cent national average.

Natural increase (excess of births over deaths) made the main contribution to the Auckland region’s population growth, accounting for 69 per cent of growth in the June 2010 year.

Auckland region’s population has a relatively young age structure, with high proportions in the child-bearing ages, acting Population Statistics manager Kimberly Cullen said.

“This results in a high number of births and gives the region built-in momentum for future growth,” Ms Cullen said.

New Zealand as a whole experienced a rise in net migration in the June 2010 year because of fewer people leaving the country on a permanent or long-term basis, Ms Cullen said.

“The rise in net migration, together with a high level of natural increase, has bolstered population growth in most of New Zealand’s regions,” she said.

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