New Zealand's population is growing at its fastest rate for over a decade, according to new estimates released by Statistics New Zealand today
More Kiwis stay at home amid the dwindling attraction of a slowing economy across the Tasman.
The two regions accounted for about 57% of the national total, with 1122 new permits issued in May.
On rise for a second month, led by more expensive fruit and vegetables.
Stays in holiday parks in April tumble 30% after surging 23% in March to a five-year high.
Total spending of $5.8 billion was led by fuel, food and liquor, and hospitality.
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