Migration boosts population of New Zealand
Last updated 12:25 23/10/2009

Permanent and long-term migration has boosted the country's population in all 16 regions, Statistics New Zealand says.

The population now stands at 4,315,800.

Net migration was up from 4700 in the year to June 2008, to 12,500 in the year to June 2009, statistician Geoff Bascand said.

Auckland and Canterbury, the two most populated regions, experienced the most growth at 1.5 and 1.2 percent respectively.

In total, 65 of the 73 territorial authorities recorded a population increase.

The fastest-growing territorial authority was Selwyn District in Canterbury at 2.8 percent.

Mr Bascand said Tauranga retained its position as the fastest growing main urban area.

Seventy eight percent of all New Zealanders live in a main or secondary urban area, he said.

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