Population clock

as at Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 at 04:31:13 a.m.

New Zealand's population is estimated to increase by one person every 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

This is based on the estimated resident population at 31 December 2013 and the following forecasts: 

  • one birth every 8 minutes and 16 seconds
  • one death every 19 minutes and 8 seconds
  • a net migration gain of one New Zealand resident every 13 minutes and 43 seconds. 

The forecasts are based on recent trends and do not necessarily reflect actual population change.

The population clock is based on the estimated resident population and does not correspond to the census usually resident population count or census night population count.

Currently, the estimated resident population is derived from the 2006 Census usually resident population count, with adjustments for people missed or counted more than once by the census (net census undercount), residents temporarily overseas on census night, and population change since census night. The population clock will be updated to use the 2013 Census usually resident population count in August 2014, after results from the 2013 Post-enumeration Survey (to estimate net census undercount) are available.

For the latest available data on population, births, deaths, and migration see:

  • Estimates and projections – information about the current and future New Zealand population.
  • Population indicators – table with summary of New Zealand's key demographic statistics (population, births, deaths, marriages, migration etc).