The only area that lost people was the West Coast of South Island, which lost 700 people.
Tracing territorial authorities, (excluding Auckland), the data shows the largest growth occurred in Queenstown-Lakes (up 7.1 percent annually), Selwyn (6), Central Otago (3,7). The biggest losses were in Buller District on the West Coast, down 1.5 percent a year.
In Auckland, the fastest growth was recorded in Papakura (up 4.7 percent a year), followed by Rodney (3.7), Upper Port (3.2), Manurewa (2.9) and Hibiscus and Bays (2.8).
None of the local board areas of Auckland are experiencing a decline in population.
The total population is now 5,084,300, believed to have crossed the 5 million mark in September last year.
“The latest estimates confirm that New Zealand’s population growth is relatively high, averaging 1.9 percent a year in the 7 years ended June 2020,” Theyers said. “Growth in the previous 20 years averaged 1.1 percent a year.”
Two-thirds of that growth comes from migration, averaging 56,000 a year.
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