In June 2006, the population of New Zealand was at 4,184.600 but by June 2016, our population grew to 4,693,000, an increase of 508,400 of additional people enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air of this country.
What is more interesting is that it took six years for the New Zealand population to rise by 257,500 to 4,442,100 in June 2013 whereas it took a mere three years for it to rise by another 250,900 to reach 4,693,000.
The chart below shows a steep increase in population number from June 2013 to June 2016:
The make-up of the population growth is made up of natural increases (births) and immigration.
Natural increases have remained steady and averaged around 32,000 for the 10 years to June 2016 (ranging from 36,200 to 28,200).
However, net immigration surged from June 2013 when it was at 7,900 to 69,100 in June 2016.
Net immigration from June 2013 to June 2016 accounted for 66% of the population increases in that period.
The chart below shows the contributions from natural increases and net immigration figures: