New Zealand Population 2017

4,607,421

New Zealand Population Growth

Like its neighbour Australia, New Zealand publishes its own online population clock and in late 2016, the estimated figure is shown as 4,723,562. Government statistics draw on their estimated levels of natural growth, and are slightly higher than the UN's estimates, which have estimated New Zealand's 2016 population at 4,565,185.

The New Zealand population clock projects from the June 2016 estimated population using the following factors:

  • One birth every nine minutes
  • One death every fifteen minutes
  • One net migration gain every six minutes and twenty nine seconds

New Zealand was actually losing citizens to migration as recently as 2012, but now has a significant positive net migration. This, coupled with the difference between births and deaths, contributes to a healthy rise in population that is expected to continue throughout the 21st century.

New Zealand Census

The most recent New Zealand census was taken in 2013. This census counted 4,242,048 people, up from 4,027,947 in 2006. This represents a 5.3% gain in the 7 years between censuses. The census is usually held every five years, but in 2011 New Zealand suffered from a major earthquake, which pushed the 2011 census back to 2013. The next census is scheduled to be taken in 2018.

New Zealand Demographics

As far as demographics are concerned, the indigenous Maoris were overtaken in terms of numbers by European settlers as early as the 19th century. The 2013 census revealed that of the total population of over 4 million, 74% of citizens declared themselves to be of European descent. Maoris made up for 14.9% with those of Asian ethnicity contributing another 11.8%.

New Zealand Population in 2017Source: Aidan

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

New Zealand Population Growth

New Zealand continues to rise in population, although at a slower rate than in years past. By the end of the century, the population is estimated to level off around a peak of just over 6 million. Of course, with estimates so far into the future, changes in fertility rates or migration could dramatically alter these projections.

The current UN estimates have the population surpassing the 5 million person plateau towards the end of the next decade.

New Zealand Population Density

Name Population
Waitangi300
Ngaruawahia5,106
Kerikeri5,654
Otaki6,086
Matamata6,306
Waitara6,318
Papatowai6,593
Petone6,609
Kawerau6,702
Thames7,136
Port Motueka7,485
Waiuku7,555
Pakuranga8,907
Greymouth9,419
Kaiapoi10,200
Queenstown10,442
Takanini10,870
Hawera11,068
Gore12,108
Oamaru, Waitaki District13,000
Richmond14,000
Tokoroa14,277
Cambridge15,192
Taradale16,599
Whakatane18,602
Levin19,789
Masterton20,698
Pukekohe East21,438
Taupo22,469
Paraparaumu25,263
Blenheim26,550
Timaru28,007
Papakura28,010
Ashburton30,100
Gisborne34,274
Upper Hutt38,400
Wanganui40,268
Invercargill47,287
New Plymouth49,168
Whangarei50,900
Porirua50,914
Mangere55,266
Napier56,787
Nelson59,200
Hastings61,696
Rotorua65,901
Palmerston North75,996
Lower Hutt101,194
Tauranga110,338
Dunedin114,347
Hamilton152,641
North Shore207,865
Waitakere208,100
Manukau City362,000
Christchurch363,926
Wellington381,900
Auckland417,910

About New Zealand

Official NameNew Zealand
Languages SpokenNew Zealand Sign Language, Māori, English
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-41174
Currencies UsedNZD

New Zealand Population Clock

What is the population of New Zealand (as of August 21, 2017)?4,607,421
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4604871
Births Per Day33
Deaths Per Day17
Net Migrations Per Day 34
Net Change Per Day 50
Population Change Since January 1st11,600

New Zealand Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 12.931 births/thousand141
Crude Death Rate 6.852 deaths/thousand124
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.679 people/thousand27
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 82.361 years16
Male Life Expectancy 80.676 years9
Female Life Expectancy 83.994 years22
Total Fertility Rate 1.991 children/woman123
Net Reproduction Rate 0.958 surviving daughters/woman120
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female69
Infant Mortality Rate 3.805 deaths/1,000 live births165
Under Five Mortality 4.673 deaths/thousand165
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.231 years56
Rate of Natural Increase 6.011 140
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.859 %33
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.319 %35
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.403 %37
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 6.558 %22
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 7.789 %21
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.381 %35
Crude Suicide Rate 10.3 suicides/thousand65
Median Age (Total) 37.8 years59
Median Age (Female) 38.7 years58
Median Age (Male) 36.9 years55

New Zealand Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20174,604,87148.857%51.143%171960.9%127
20154,528,52648.871%51.129%171950.81%125
20104,369,02749.087%50.913%161940.81%122
20054,134,69948.972%51.028%151931.27%124
20003,858,23449.074%50.926%141901.25%121
19953,674,88649.277%50.723%131881.15%121
19903,397,53449.217%50.783%121881.4%123
19853,268,19249.525%50.475%121860.67%121
19803,146,77049.703%50.297%111860.58%119
19753,082,88349.878%50.122%111830.84%113
19702,819,54849.974%50.026%101821.84%112
19652,628,00250.163%49.837%91821.53%110
19602,371,99950.262%49.738%91752.16%110
19552,136,00050.342%49.658%81752.17%111
19501,908,00150.262%49.738%71772.06%113

New Zealand Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20204,729,66748.893%51.107%171990.84%127
20254,922,92348.912%51.088%182000.76%128
20305,103,20248.928%51.072%192000.66%128
20355,261,10048.945%51.055%192020.54%127
20405,394,80248.974%51.026%202020.45%128
20455,509,12649.019%50.981%202020.38%127
20505,607,47249.083%50.917%212020.31%127
20555,689,53449.239%50.761%212020.26%127
20605,761,99849.411%50.589%212030.24%127
20655,830,94849.584%50.416%222020.23%126
20705,898,68449.746%50.254%222010.22%125
20755,961,61149.885%50.115%222010.2%125
20806,016,07149.99%50.01%221990.15%124
20856,054,95150.076%49.924%221980.1%121
20906,078,67050.144%49.856%231980.05%120
20956,090,32550.198%49.802%231980.02%120
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations
  2. New Zealand 2013 Census