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Latest Subnational Population Estimates

Subnational Population Estimates: As at 30 June 2000

Latest Subnational Population Estimates

During the twelve months ending June 2000 there was a further concentration of New Zealand's population in the North Island, especially in its northern part, and in urban centres, according to Deputy Government Statistician Dianne Macaskill.

As at 30 June 2000 an estimated 2,904,100 people lived in the North Island, an increase of 19,200 or 0.7 per cent during the 12-month period. The South Island's estimated population was 926,900, up 1,100 or 0.1 per cent. The North Island is now home to 75.8 per cent of New Zealand residents, compared with 75.7 per cent in 1999.

The Auckland Region, the most populous region in the country, had an estimated increase of 17,300 or 1.5 per cent to reach 1,193,000 people at 30 June 2000. The region is home to 31 per cent of all New Zealanders.

Three other regions recorded growth rates exceeding the national average of 0.5 per cent. They were Tasman (1.5 per cent), Bay of Plenty (0.9 per cent) and Northland (0.6 per cent). Waikato and Canterbury Regions were slightly below the national average at 0.4 per cent, while Wellington Region grew by just 0.1 per cent. Seven regions - four in the North Island and three in the South Island - had estimated falls in population, ranging between 0.1 and 1.2 per cent.

In general, the percentage changes in regional population showed either slight increases or little change compared to the June 1999 year. This follows a slight reduction in net emigration and a rise in the natural increase of population (excess of births over deaths). In the June year 2000, New Zealand's population experienced a net outmigration of 9,800 compared with 11,400 a year previously.

Twenty-nine territorial authority areas (seven cities and 22 districts) were estimated to have experienced population growth in the year to 30 June 2000. Manukau City recorded the greatest estimated increase of 4,800, followed by Auckland City (4,300), Waitakere City (3,500), North Shore City (2,000), Rodney District (1,800), Tauranga District (1,800), Hamilton City (1,100) and Franklin District (1,000). Other areas to show significant growth were Far North, Western Bay of Plenty, Kapiti Coast, Tasman, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Queenstown-Lakes Districts and Wellington and Christchurch Cities, which recorded population increases ranging between 500 and 900. The population of 11 territorial authorities (including two cities - Palmerston North and Nelson) were estimated to have remained unchanged.

The combined population of New Zealand's cities grew by 14,800, or 0.7 per cent during the June 2000 year to 2,169,200. This compares with an increase of 5,500 or 0.3 per cent in the combined population of the districts to reach 1,661,000. Cities are now home to 56.6 per cent of all New Zealanders compared with 56.5 per cent in 1999 and 56.1 per cent in 1996.

The next five-yearly Census of Population and Dwellings in New Zealand will be on 6 March 2001. It is planned to release the provisional census counts on 28 May 2001.


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