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New Zealand's Population Exceeds 3.9 Million

National Population Estimates: June 2002 quarter

26 July 2002

New Zealand's Population Exceeds 3.9 Million

New Zealand's resident population was provisionally estimated to be 3,938,700 at 30 June 2002, according to the latest population estimates released by Statistics New Zealand. This is up from 3,880,500 at 30 June 2001. These estimates are the first to be based on results from the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings (held 6 March).

The estimated increase in the resident population during the June 2002 year was 58,300 or 1.5 percent. Permanent and long-term migrants made up more than half of this increase (56 percent).

There was a significant turnaround in the annual external migration balance, from a net outflow to a net inflow, in late 2001. Arrivals exceeded departures by 32,800 during the June 2002 year, compared with a net outflow of 9,300 in the June 2001 year. Over the same period, natural increase continued to contract, down 11 percent from 28,500 in the June 2001 year to 25,500 in the June 2002 year.

The estimated increase in the resident population during the June 2002 quarter was 9,400 or 0.2 percent. This resulted from a natural increase of 5,100, and a net inflow of 4,300 through permanent and long-term migration. In the June 2001 quarter, there was a natural increase of 6,800 and a net outflow of 2,900 through permanent and long-term migration.

All quarterly and annual population estimates for 1996–2001 will be subject to revision. The revised estimates will be available on the Statistics New Zealand website ( by the end of 2002.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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