Auck­land boom­ing

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Auck­land con­tin­ues to be the coun­try’s fastest grow­ing re­gion with a pro­jected growth of half a mil­lion peo­ple within the next 15 years, ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics New Zealand.

The re­gion al­ready has a pop­u­la­tion of 1.5 mil­lion and it is pro­jected to ac­count for 60 per cent of the coun­try’s growth be­tween 2013 and 2043.

‘‘That means out of ev­ery 100 peo­ple in New Zealand, 34 cur­rently live in Auck­land.

‘‘But this will in­crease to 37 in 2028 and 40 in 2043,’’ the re­port says.

All 16 re­gional coun­cil ar­eas are pro­jected to in­crease in pop­u­la­tion be­tween now and 2028.

‘‘The short-term trend partly re­flects the cur­rent high level of ar­rivals into New Zealand, and the cur­rent low level of de­par­tures,’’ pop­u­la­tion statis­tics manager Vina Cul­lum says.

‘‘How­ever, pop­u­la­tion growth will slow in the longer term as our pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to age.

‘‘This will see the num­ber of deaths in­crease rel­a­tive to births.

‘‘Also, net migration ex­ceeded 50,000 in 2014 and is un­likely to re­main at that level.’’

The fastest pop­u­la­tion growth be­tween 2013 and 2043 is ex­pected in Sel­wyn and Queen­stown-Lakes dis­tricts, up an av­er­age of 2.2 and 1.8 per cent a year re­spec­tively.

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