New Zealand population growth lowest since June 1986 despite 0.2% increase

New Zealand’s resident population temporarily rose 12,700 or 0.2% on the year to 5.12 million as of June 30, the lowest annual growth rate since June 1986, the country’s statistics department.

New Zealand’s demographic change is a combination of natural increase (births minus deaths) and net migration (migrant arrivals minus migrant departures), Xinhua News Agency quoted Stats as saying. NZ.

“The net loss of migration combined with a lower natural increase has resulted in this low level of population growth,” acting head of population estimates and projections Rebekah Hennessey said in a statement.

In the year ended June 2022, the number of births remained around 61,000 while the number of deaths increased by 10.1% to 36,900, partly due to the aging of the population, a said Hennessey.

She added that this led to a natural increase to 24,100 in the year ended June 2022 from 27,700 in the year ended June 2021.

Among the broad age groups, the population aged 65 and over has grown the fastest, with an annual increase of 2.8%, she said, adding that most of this increase was the result of people born in the mid-1950s reaching 65 and moving into that age bracket.

On the other hand, the number of people aged 15 to 39 fell by 0.5%, or 8,700 people.

This decline is mainly due to a loss of population due to migration, as well as more people leaving this age group at later ages than entering this age group from younger ages, Hennessey said.



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