214,101 more people on census night 2013 - new electorate needed
The number of people living in New Zealand on census night was 4,242,048, which was 214,101 more than at the last census seven years ago, Statistics NZ says.
“This means that, on average, the population has grown by about 31,000 people per year since the last census in 2006. This was slower growth than between 2001 and 2006, when the population grew by an average of about 58,000 per year,” government statistician Liz MacPherson says.
The increase in population means that at the general election next year there will be a total of 71 electorates. There will be one new North Island electorate, up from 47 at the last election. The number of Māori electorates will stay at seven, and the number of general electorates in the South Island is fixed at 16 by the Electoral Act 1993.
“Adding this new electorate means there will be one less list seat in the 120-seat parliament – excluding any overhang seats,” Ms MacPherson says.
The general electoral population is 2,867,110 for the North Island and 954,871 for the South Island. The Māori electoral population for New Zealand is 420,990.
This is the first information released from the 2013 Census – the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand.
The population number is lower than New Zealand’s estimated resident population, as it doesn’t include New Zealand residents overseas at the time of the census or the estimated number of people who didn’t complete the census. This shows the value of checking our population periodically with the census.
“It has been our top priority to complete this work so that the Representation Commission can use it to determine the electorate boundaries and the location and name of the new electorate,” Ms MacPherson says
Statistics NZ will release more census information from 15 October.