23 Oct 2009

NZ population grows to 4.3 million

1:29 pm on 23 October 2009

The population of New Zealand is estimated to have grown in the year to June to 4,315,800 people.

Statistics New Zealand estimates the population grew by 46,900, up 1.1%, due in part to a large increase in permanent and long term migration.

Population growth by region was strongest in Auckland and Christchurch, but the growth in Tauranga is the fastest for an urban area.

The largest population growth in territorial authorities is estimated to have occurred in the Selwyn and Queenstown Lake districts of the South Island.