Statistics NZ said today New Zealand’s population grew by 97,300 – 2.1% – in the year to June, a record number although the percentage gain has been reached before.
The estimated resident population was 4.69 million at 30 June.
Population statistics senior manager Jo-Anne Skinner said today: “Annual population growth over 2% is high by New Zealand standards. The last time we experienced population growth over 2% was in 1974. And before that, at the peak of the baby boom in the 1950s & early 1960s.”
Record levels of international migration have driven the record increase. Net migration was 69,100 over the June year – 125,100 arrivals less 56,000 departures. Natural increase (births minus deaths) contributed the remaining 28,200. The average annual net migration over the last decade has been 21,800 and average annual natural increase has been 32,300.
Ms Skinner said the large net inflow of migrants meant the younger working-age population (15–39 years) grew by 3.6% in the June year to reach 1.58 million. The older segment of our population (65+ years) also grew by 3.6% to reach 700,000.
Attribution: Statistics NZ release.