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.