Queenstown growing fast
Population increases signal economic growth, but first-time buyers increasingly struggle to buy homes in Wakatipu, the district's mayor says.
Statistics New Zealand published its resident population census count yesterday, showing an increase of 214,101 people since the 2006 census to a national total of 4,242,048,
Queenstown Lakes was the second-fastest growing district, after Selwyn, while Otago's population increased by 9000.
The Wakatipu resident population increased to 28,224, up 23 per cent since 2006, when it was 22,959, or about 3 per cent annually.
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the figures reinforced common knowledge that the resort was a highly desirable place to live.
Council planning must factor in population growth, she said.
"Some of these impacts are highly positive such as greater economic growth and increased rating base, which will help minimise ratepayer costs, and increased property values for existing homeowners.
"But against that are things such as increasing difficulty for families wanting to buy their first home and greater demands on our core infrastructure."
In 2001, the Queenstown Lakes district resident population was 17,040. Across the district, Hawea and Wanaka's resident population has almost doubled since 2001.
The population in Central Otago jumped 17.5 per cent to 17,895.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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