NZ’s “fastest ever” population rockets past 5m

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern’s, election promise to slash immigration looks even more ridiculous after the country’s population surged past 5 million people in record time:

New Zealand’s resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today.

“This is a significant event for New Zealand,” population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers said.

“It is also the fastest million in our history, taking 17 years after reaching 4 million in 2003″…

The estimated resident population is provisionally 5,002,100 at 31 March 2020…

Population growth has been significant since 2013, with half a million people added to the population over the last six years. On average, the population has grown by 1.8 percent a year since 2013, driven by net migration…

“International migration played a significant role in reaching the 5 million milestone,” Mrs Theyers said.

Obviously, the COVID-19 lockdown, not policy, will do the job of reducing migration in the near term.

Leith van Onselen

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