Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Population Increase for Cities High

Population Increase for Cities High

There is an increasing concentration of New Zealand's population in cities and larger districts, according to the latest subnational population estimates for regional councils and territorial authorities released by Statistics New Zealand. The combined population of New Zealand's cities grew by 53,900, or 2.4 percent during the June 2003 year to reach 2,304,700. In comparison, the combined population of the districts increased by 16,600 or 1.0 percent to reach 1,703,700. Cities are now home to 57.5 percent of all New Zealanders, compared with 56.8 percent in 2001.

At 30 June 2003, the estimated resident population of the North Island was 3,047,900 (up 56,100 or 1.9 percent on June 2002), while that of the South Island was 961,600 (up 14,300 or 1.5 percent). The North Island is now home to 76.0 percent of New Zealand residents, compared with 75.3 percent in 1996.

The Auckland Region experienced the largest growth in population during the past 12 months. Its resident population increased by an estimated 39,300 or 3.1 percent to reach 1,291,000 people at 30 June 2003. About 32 percent (or roughly one in three) of all New Zealanders now live in the Auckland Region.

Three other regions experienced an estimated population growth rate either equal to or exceeding the national average of 1.8 percent: Tasman (2.7 percent), Nelson (2.1 percent) and Canterbury (1.8 percent). Another four regions recorded growth rates just below the national average. They were Bay of Plenty (1.5 percent), Marlborough (1.4 percent), and Waikato and Otago (both 1.2 percent). Four regions – three in the North Island and one in the South Island – had estimated increases below 1 percent, whereas the Gisborne Region had no growth and the West Coast Region had a decrease of 0.3 percent.

In general, the percentage changes in regional population were larger during the June 2003 year than during the June 2002 year because of a larger natural increase (excess of births over deaths) and a larger net external immigration (excess of arrivals over departures) during the June 2003 year. Natural increase and net external immigration were 27,900 and 42,500, respectively, during the June 2003 year, compared with 25,800 and 32,800, respectively, during the June 2002 year.

Of the 74 territorial authorities, 49 (all 15 cities and 34 of the 58 districts) were estimated to have experienced population growth in the year to 30 June 2003. Auckland City recorded the largest increase (13,700), followed by Manukau City (10,200), Christchurch City (6,800), North Shore City (6,100), Waitakere City (4,900), Wellington City (4,500), and Rodney District and Hamilton City (both 3,000). Other areas to show significant growth were Tauranga, Queenstown-Lakes, Tasman and Franklin Districts, and Palmerston North City, which recorded population increases ranging between 1,200 and 2,900. The population of four territorial authorities (Gisborne, Horowhenua, and Timaru Districts, and Chatham Islands Territory) were estimated to have remained unchanged.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news