New Zealand's population has passed the 4.5 million mark,
according to Statistics New Zealand.
On the day the milestone was reached, Daksh Chandel was born
to Tongan and Indian parents.
The baby boy born at Middlemore Hospital on Monday was
welcomed by his Mangere parents Siulolo'vao Tupou and Harry
Chandel and weighed 3.8kg.
His birth came as Statistics New Zealand's population counter
ticked over to 4.5 million.
Daksh's mother was born in Tonga and moved to New Zealand 14
years ago and his father is an Indian native.
Ms Tupou said her son was blessed to be born here. "It's a
blessing for babies to be born here, in opportunity, it's a
good country. We are very happy to be in this country."
Statistics New Zealand population estimates and projections
manager Jo-Anne Skinner said the 4.5 million milestone
differed from data that showed just 4.24 million Kiwis on
Census night in March.
Census data doesn't include New Zealanders overseas on the
night or people who did not fill out their form.
The estimated population was adjusted for births, deaths and
net migration since Census night.
"From that time there have been regular population increases
and we have had nine months since that time," she said.
The country's population increases by one person every 7
minutes 42 seconds based on a birth every eight minutes, a
death every 17 minutes 53 seconds and a new migrant every 14
minutes 20 seconds.
We are on track to reach the next population milestone - 5
million - in 2026.
- Morgan Tait of the New Zealand Herald