Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2013 (provisional)

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  22 October 2013
Media release  – 

Key facts

Subnational population estimates give the best available measure of the size and age-sex composition of New Zealand's 16 regional council areas (regions) and 67 territorial authority areas, on an annual basis.

In the June 2013 year the estimates indicate:

  • 13 of New Zealand's 16 regions experienced population growth.
  • Auckland region had the largest percentage growth (1.4 percent) followed by Canterbury (1.3 percent).
  • Auckland region accounted for 57 percent of New Zealand's total population growth; Canterbury's growth accounted for 19 percent.
  • 39 of the 67 territorial authority areas had population growth.
  • The five fastest-growing territorial authority areas were in the South Island.
  • Christchurch city's population increased during 2013, following two years of decline.
Map, Regional population change, Year ended 30 June 2013.


Liz MacPherson 22 October 2013
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0673