New Zealand’s population has officially reached 5 million people.
Last week, Statistics NZ made the announcement that New Zealand’s population passed 5 million in March. This was just as we moved into lockdown.
At the end of March there were 5,002,100 people living in New Zealand. The exact date we crossed the threshold won’t be known until more analysis is done, Statistics NZ said.
It is also the fastest million in our population history. It took just 17 years to get from 4 to 5 million. We reached 4 million in 2003.
The milestone was reached partly thanks to tens of thousands of Kiwis rushing home before the borders were closed.
Since the census in 2013, we’ve added about half-a-million people – an average increase of 1.8 percent a year. Half of this has come through migration and the rest natural increase.