More people than ever arriving to live in New Zealand

by Ray Clancy on October 27, 2015

Some 15 out of 16 regions in New Zealand have seen their populations increase with more people than ever arriving from overseas, new data shows.

Auckland had the highest population growth in the year to June 2015, up by 43,500 or 2.9%, making up half of the country’s total growth, according to the figures from Statistics New Zealand.

movingtonewzealandIMAGECanterbury was next with population growth of 2.1%, followed by Waikato with a 1.9% rise in numbers. Overall the national average pace of growth was 1.9%.

“New Zealand experienced a rise in net migration in the June 2015 year, with more people arriving and fewer departing. The rise in net migration, together with natural increase, has bolstered population growth in most of New Zealand’s regions,” said population statistics manager Joel Watkins.

Selwyn remained the fastest growing territorial authority area, increasing by 3,200 or 6.5% in the June 2015 year, followed by Queenstown-Lakes up 4.9%, Waimakariri up 3.6%, Auckland up 2.9% and Mackenzie up 2.7%.

And more people are also visiting New Zealand as growth in visitor numbers from Asia and North America contributed to a record $1.7 billion increase in international tourist spending in the past year.

Spending by international tourists in New Zealand in the year ended March 2015 climbed to $11.8 billion, an increase of 17.1%, and this follows a 4.5% increase in the previous year. The number of short term international visitors increased 7.1% over the same period.

“Increasing visitor numbers from China and the United States drove the increase in spending by international tourists. This is the highest level of international tourism expenditure since these statistics began in 1999,” said national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet.

Total tourism expenditure increased 10.3% to $29.8 billion, following a 4% increase in the previous year and international tourism expenditure contributed $11.8 billion or 17.4% to New Zealand’s total exports.

Domestic tourism expenditure increased 6.3 percent or $1.1 billion to $18.1 billion. Tourism generated a direct contribution to GDP of $10.6 billion, some 4.9% of GDP. The indirect value added of industries supporting tourism generated an additional $7.9 billion for tourism or 3.6% of GDP.

The data also show that 168,012 people were directly employed in tourism, 6.9% of the total number of people employed in New Zealand. Tourists generated $2.5 billion in GST revenue.

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