NZ population surges by 100,000

12:33 pm on 14 August 2017

New Zealand's population grew by more than 100,000 in the year to June, the largest ever increase in a year.

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The population is now estimated to be 4.79 million.

Net migration contributed 72,000 to the growth.

Over the past five years, New Zealand's population grew by nearly 400,000 - more than the population of Christchurch city.

Half of last year's growth was in the 15-39 age group.

But the numbers of older people were also spiralling upwards.

The number of people older than 90 is now 30,000, compared with 20,000 in 2007.