As of 2011, the resident population of New Zealand is over 4.4 million. The population is estimated to increase by one person every 13 minutes and 48 seconds.
Every five years, Statistics New Zealand collects national census data and an official population count is made. The Government has announced that the next New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings will be held on Tuesday, 5 March 2013.
• 2006: 4.1 million
• 1996: 3.6 million
• 1966: 2.1 million
• 1936: 1.5 million
• 1901: 815,853
• 1858: 115,462
Figures from The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.teara.govt.nz.
For the most up-to-date population estimation, visit Statistics New Zealand’s population clock. Our population is projected to reach 5 million by 2025.
This answer was last updated on 17 November, 2011.
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