Auckland accounts for more than half of New Zealand's
population growth, statistics released reveal.
The city of sails experienced the largest percentage growth
in the year to June, increasing by 1.4 per cent, followed by
Canterbury at 1.3 per cent, and Otago at 0.9 per cent, a
Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) report, released today, shows.
Auckland accounted for 57 per cent of the country's total
However, population size is growing across the country, with
13 of New Zealand's 16 regions seeing some form of increase.
The five fastest growing territorial authority areas were in
the South Island, with Canterbury's growth accounting for 19
per cent of the nation's total population growth.
It came as Christchurch saw an increase in its population for
the first time in two years, after numbers dropped following
the earthquakes. The city's rebuild has brought an influx of
new residents and tradespeople into the region.
As a whole, New Zealand's population growth remained low,
with only 37,700 new people - a 0.9 per cent increase.
However, this was up from the 0.6 per cent increase the
SNZ said the increase in the year to June 2013 was due to
more births than deaths, and a net international migration
gain of 7900.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ