Stats show dynamic south, says Shadbolt
Census figures show the population across the south is on the rise.
The figures, released yesterday, are among the first to be revealed from the 2013 Census - the official count of how many people and dwellings there are across the country.
The figures show the population of the Invercargill electorate, which covers areas including Stewart Island, Riverton, Hedgehope and Curio Bay, is up 2.9 per cent from 57,411 in the 2006 Census to 59,083 this year.
The figures also show the population of the Clutha-Southland electorate, which covers areas including Mataura, Milton, Queenstown, Lumsden, Otautau and Fiordland, has increased by 6.9 per cent from 58,166 to 62,161.
The populations of the two electorates were within the 5 per cent tolerance of the 59,679 quota, which means no changes may be needed to the two electoral boundaries.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said he was "absolutely thrilled" with the figures as they showed the south was "now seen as a more dynamic and exciting place to live and work".
He attributed the rise in population to the success of the Southern Institute of Technology, the dairy industry, successful events, and a small percentage of people who may have moved south following the Christchurch earthquakes.
Venture Southland enterprise services manager Alistair Adam said the organisation was interested in where the growth had come from but it was a good indicator the economy had grown and was strong.
The number of people living across the country on census night was 4,242,048, which was 214,101 more than at the last census seven years ago, figures show.
Government statistician Liz MacPherson said the figures meant, on average, the population had grown by about 31,000 people per year since the 2006 census.
More detailed census information will be released from October 15.
AT A GLANCE
- The number of electorates will increase from 70 to 71 at the next general election.
- The number of general electorates in the South Island is set at 16 by the Electoral Act 1993.
- The number of Maori electorates will remain at seven.
- The number of North Island general electorates will increase from 47 to 48. Source: Statistics New Zealand
- © Fairfax NZ News
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