Auckland is New Zealand's fastest growing region, gaining population equivalent to a city the size of Tauranga, according to Census data released today.
The city grew 8.5 per cent since the last Census in 2006, with about 110,000 extra people - taking its population to almost 1.4 million people.
All of Auckland's local boards increased in population count, with the Waitemata region growing almost 23 per cent.
Of the 10 territorial areas with the fastest population growth, half were from Canterbury region.
Though Christchurch city's population declined 2 per cent, the areas closest to the city experienced the greatest population growth, partly due to people leaving the city.
Selwyn District was the fastest-growing territorial authority, increasing by a third to 44,595 people.
Despite predictions people were leaving the regions for bigger cities in search of jobs, Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said their growth was consistent.
Though there was a slight decline in population from Christchurch City, people seemed to "stay true to their region" and move to surrounding areas.
"Around Canterbury we've seen that although Christchurch city's population is lower than at the 2006 Census, the overall region has grown," MacPherson said.
"That's partly because some people from Christchurch have moved to surrounding districts like Waimakariri and Selwyn, and even further afield to Ashburton and Hurunui. So they've left the city but not the region."
Nelson was the next fastest-growing region, followed by Waikato. Southland, which had previously experienced a declining population, grew by over 2000 people.
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