Population in Auckland and Canterbury regions grows fastest
Of New Zealand’s 16 regions, only Auckland and Canterbury’s population growth rate was above the national average, Statistics New Zealand said last month. In the June 2014 year, Auckland’s population grew by 34,000 (2.3 percent), while Canterbury’s grew by 11,400 (2.0 percent). The national average was 1.5 percent.
Most regions experienced population growth in the 2014 year, largely due to an increase in New Zealand’s net gain from permanent and long-term migration (from 7,900 in the June 2013 year to 38,300 in the June 2014 year).
“New Zealand experienced a rise in net migration in the June 2014 year because of more people arriving and fewer people leaving the country on a permanent or long-term basis,” population statistics manager Vina Cullum said. “The rise in net migration, together with natural increase, has bolstered population growth in most of New Zealand’s regions.”
Selwyn remained the fastest-growing territorial authority area, increasing 2,700 (5.8 percent) in the June 2014 year. The next fastest-growing territorial authority areas were Waimakariri (up 4.1 percent), Queenstown-Lakes (up 4.0 percent), Carterton (up 2.3 percent), and Auckland (up 2.3 percent).Statistics New Zealand