New Zealand’s census usually resident population count at 5 March 2013 was 4,242,048 – an increase of 214,101 people (5.3 percent) since the 2006 Census.
Regional council areas (regions)
- All regional council areas showed population growth or steady populations between 2006 and 2013, except for Gisborne, which had a small decline of 843 people.
- Auckland was the fastest-growing region, increasing 8.5 percent to 1,415,550 at the 2013 Census – the equivalent of adding a city about the size of Tauranga to the region.
- Nelson was the second-fastest-growing region, up 8.3 percent to 46,437 people.
Territorial authority areas (cities and districts)
- Forty-seven of the 67 territorial authority areas in New Zealand experienced population growth since the 2006 Census.
- Of the 10 areas with the fastest population growth since 2006, half were in the Canterbury region.
- Selwyn district was the fastest-growing territorial authority area, increasing by a third to 44,595 people.
- Queenstown-Lakes and Waimakariri were the next-fastest-growing districts, increasing by 22.9 percent and 16.7 percent, respectively.
- Christchurch city experienced a 2 percent decline in population, totalling 341,469 on 5 March 2013.
| Liz MacPherson
15 October 2013