Pop­u­la­tion boom ex­pected

Rise in Queen­stown-Lakes dis­trict sec­ond high­est in coun­try

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The Christchurch earth­quakes, be­ing a de­sir­able place to live and in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties to work from home are all part of the rea­son Wanaka’s pop­u­la­tion has seen growth. Sta­tis­tics New Zealand re­leased its res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion cen­sus count last week, show­ing a na­tional in­crease of 214,101 peo­ple since the 2006 cen­sus to a na­tional to­tal of 4,242,048. The Queen­stown-Lakes dis­trict is the sec­ond fastest-grow­ing dis­trict in New Zealand af­ter Sel­wyn. The dis­trict’s res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion in­creased to 28,224, up 23 per cent since 2006, when it was 22,959, or about 3 per cent an­nu­ally. In that time Hawea grew a whop­ping 36 per cent to 2172, Wanaka was up 28 per cent to 6474 and Matuk­i­tuki was up four per cent to 387. Ray White real es­tate agent Anna Brew­ster said the growth of Wanaka was ex­pected as it has al­ways been a growth town. The Christchurch earth­quakes had boosted growth with many peo­ple com­ing to the area or mov­ing into homes they al­ready had here. How­ever, she be­lieved the main rea­son for pop­u­la­tion growth in the area was the in­creased abil­ity for peo­ple to work from home. ‘‘So many peo­ple can work re­motely now and choos­ing Wanaka. ‘‘I think one of the things (driv­ing

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