New Zealand’s population reached an estimated 4.92 million at 30 June, Statistics NZ said today.
The 5 million mark would have been much closer if Statistics NZ hadn’t changed its migrant calculations method from an intentions basis to an outcomes basis using a “12/16-month rule”, under which calculations are progressively updated over several months.
The growth, by 1.6% or 76,000, comprised net immigration of 49,400 & the natural increase (births minus deaths) of 26,600.
But the revision of estimates from the September 2013 quarter through to the March quarter this year knocked the resident population back by about 50,000, although the population still grew by 450,000 over that period.
Statistics NZ population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said New Zealand’s population increase had exceeded the world population growth rate of 1.1% in each of the last 5 years.
The estimates released today reflect the new outcomes-based migration measure, but not 2018 Census data, which will be available from 23 September.
Attribution: Statistics NZ release.