Otago's population has grown by more than 8500 since 2006,
with Queenstown leading the way and Dunedin recording modest
In Census figures released today, Otago's population is
202,470, which is 8,667 more people (almost 5%) than in 2006.
This makes Otago the seventh biggest and seventh fastest
growing of the country's 16 regional council areas.
Queenstown was the star performer, contirbuting three-fifths
of Otago's increased population.
Its 23% rate of growth to a population of 28,224 was second
only to Selwyn nationally.
Dunedin city grew by 1% - or 1600 people - since 2006.
Elsewhere in Otago, the Waitaki district grew by 3 percent,
up 600 people.
Auckland's population has grown by 110,000 people to 1.42
million people since the last census seven years ago.
Census night data showed that all 21 local board areas in
Auckland increased in population, and Waitemata, Upper
Harbour, Rodney, Howick and Franklin were the fastest-growing
Government statistician Liz MacPherson said Auckland's growth
was the equivalent of adding a population the size of
Tauranga over the last seven years.
After Auckland, the fastest-growing region was Nelson,
followed by Waikato. Southland turned around its population
decline by gaining 2000 people in the last seven years.
Overall, 47 out of 67 council areas grew in population. The
fastest growing regions were Selwyn, Queenstown-Lakes
The population of Christchurch has dropped by almost 7000
since the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquake sequence - but
the number of people living in the Canterbury region has
jumped by 17,000.
New census figures out today provide the first snapshot into
the population shift since the quakes.
The Christchurch city population has gone from 348,456 in
2006 to 341,469 this year - a drop of 2 per cent.
The Canterbury region numbers have gone from 521,0832 in 2006
to 539,433 this year.
Outlying areas experienced huge growths.
Selwyn District has experienced the largest population growth
in the country, up nearly a third to 44,595 people.
Waimakariri is up 17 per cent to 49,989.
Of the 10 areas with the fastest population growth since
2006, half were in the Canterbury region - the second-largest
region in New Zealand after Auckland.
Eight of the 10 Canterbury territorial authority areas
experienced population increase between 2006 and 2013.
The New Zealand census was taken on March 5 this year.
It was the first since 2006 after the 2011 government survey
was postponed because of the fatal February 22, 2011 quake.
The census data also showed that New Zealand gained 7000
people a year from migration between 2006 and 2013 - less
than a third of the 23,000 gained per year between 2001 and
New Zealand's usually resident population was 4,242,048 in
2013, up from 4,027,947 in 2006.
In the North Island, Carterton was the fastest-growing
territorial area, increasing its population by 16 per cent to
Apart from Canterbury areas which were affected by
earthquakes, the largest population declines were in Kawerau
Ms MacPherson said that these declines were not alarming and
were part of normal population fluctuations.
Asked to respond to Labour leader David Cunliffe's claim that
people were fleeing the regions in droves, Ms MacPherson said
that the new data showed steady population growth in most of