Historical population estimates tables

National population estimates by sex are available back to 1926. The downloadable Excel file above includes as at and mean year estimates, as well as population change and sex ratio data. This file contains a longer historical time series than the tables in Demographic Trends: 2012.

Download or print historical estimates tables in Excel format from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

In addition, see the 'Population change and structure' tables in the 'Available files' box of Demographic Trends: 2012. The tables are:

Table No. Description
1.01 Estimated population and annual growth rate, New Zealand and selected countries, 1996–2012
1.02 Total and Māori populations, 1858–2006 Censuses of Population and Dwellings
1.03 Estimated population, at and mean year ended, 1941–2012
1.04 Estimated population by sex, 1941–2011
1.05 Components of population change, 1961–2012
1.06 Total estimated resident population by single-year of age, 31 December 2011
1.07 Māori estimated resident population by single-year of age, 31 December 2011
1.08 Total estimated population by broad age group, 1976–2012
1.09 Estimated population of people aged 65 and over (10-year and, broad age group) 1976–2012
1.10 Total estimated resident population by five-year age group and median age, 1996–2012
1.11 Māori estimated resident population by five-year age group and median age, 1996–2012

Additional information

More information about the population estimates: methods, usage, and limitations.

Infoshare has the estimated resident population of New Zealand by single-year of age and sex, from 1991 onwards.

Māori population estimates tables have the estimated resident population of Māori ethnic group by single-year of age and sex, from 1991 onwards.

Subnational population estimates tables have the estimated resident population of subnational areas in New Zealand.

See population estimates at 30 June 1996, 2001, and 2006 for information about the base population used to derive post-censal population estimates and projections.

Request customised data if the data you need is not available in published tables.

Email info@stats.govt.nz if you have any queries, or call our Information Centre on 0508 525 525 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays).

Page updated 11 February 2014