NZ set for population boom

New Zealand’s population is set to grow by up to two million in the coming two decades.

Asian, Maori and Pacific populations will rise the fastest.

The country is forecast to have between 5.2 million and 6.3 million people in 2038, up from 4.4 million in 2013, Stats NZ said yesterday.

The country’s Asian population is tipped to grow fastest, rising from 540,000 people in 2013 to 1.2 million to 1.4 million in 2038.

The Maori population is forecast to pass 1 million people by 2038, while the Pacific population will rise from 340,000 in 2013to between 530,000 and 650,000. 

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