2013 Census Usually Resident Population Counts

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Key facts

New Zealand
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.

Graph, Change in usually resident population count, by regional council area, 2006 to 2013 Censuses.

 Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician

 15 October 2013
ISBN 978-0-478-40855-3