New Zealand population growth at decade high
New Zealand's population is growing at its fastest rate in more than a decade, driven by a surge in the number of ethnic Asian people and increases in Maori and Pacific Island populations, the government statistics agency announced Thursday.
The country's population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to the end of June, with a natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net immigration of 38,300 to an estimated 4.51 million, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The estimates, based on the 2013 Census, confirmed rises in all ethnic groups since the previous Census in 2006, population statistics manager Vina Cullum said in a statement.
"Even the broad European ethnic population has grown to 3.31 million despite its older age structure," Cullum said.
Between 2006 and 2013, the majority "European and other" ethnic category rose by 3 percent, while the Asian ethnic population rose by 34 percent to 541,300.
The indigenous Maori population was up 11 percent to 692,300 and the Pacific ethnic population increased 14 percent to 344,400.(English.news.cn)
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