Wellington may not be dying but it's not booming either.
Instead the Wairarapa seems to be hogging the growth in greater Wellington region, with the Carterton District the fastest growing in the North Island.
Census 2013 usual resident population data released this morning shows the population in the small Wairarapa town and its surrounds has jumped 16 per cent since 2006 to 8,235.
Other parts of the Wairarapa also experienced accelerated growth.
An extra 11,490 people have made Wellington city their home in the past seven years, bumping the population up by 6.4 per cent to 190,956.
However, the rate of growth halved, with the capital growing by an average of 0.9 per cent a year since 2006.
The Hutt Valley was similarly subdued, with Lower Hutt growing just 0.5 per cent since 2006 to 98,238 and Upper Hutt growing 4.6 per cent to 40,179 people.
Porirua grew by 6.5 per cent to 51,717.
Kapiti district grew by 6.3 per cent to 49,104 residents.
With the exception of the Wairarapa, population growth had slowed across most of the lower North Island in the past seven years.
Many parts of central North Island shrunk, with the Ruapehu District suffering the biggest slump, losing more than one in ten of its residents since 2006.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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