NZ's Asian population expected to reach 790,000 by 2026
12:19PM Wednesday April 02, 2008

New Zealand's Asian population is expected to grow faster than any other, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Government statistician Geoff Bascand said the four main ethnic populations - Maori, Pacific, Asian and European - would all increase but those who identify themselves as Asian would grow the most.

A projected increase of 3.4 per cent a year would take the Asian population from 400,000 in 2006 to 790,000 by 2026.

Mr Bascand said the European population was projected to grow by 0.3 per cent a year from 3.21 million to 3.43 million in the same time period.

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