New Zealand Population 2017

4,610,271

New Zealand's current population is estimated at just over 4.7 million in 2016. This figure comes from New Zealand's official population clock. The most recent census was held in 2013, when the total population was counted as 4,242,048.

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.

About New Zealand

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

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
Motueka7,485
Waiuku7,555
Pakuranga8,907
Greymouth9,419
Kaiapoi10,200
Queenstown10,442
Takanini10,870
Hawera11,068
Gore12,108
Oamaru13,000
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

New Zealand Population Clock

What is the population of New Zealand (as of 10/16/2017)?4,610,271
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)4,604,871
Births Per Day33
Deaths Per Day17
Net Migrations Per Day 34
Net Change Per Day 50
Population Change Since January 1st14,450

New Zealand Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 12.931 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.852 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.679 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 82.361 years
Male Life Expectancy 80.676 years
Female Life Expectancy 83.994 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.991 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.958 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.054 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.805 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 4.673 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.231 years
Rate of Natural Increase 6.011
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.859%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.319%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.403%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 6.558%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 7.789%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.381%
Median Age (Total) 37.8 years
Median Age (Female) 38.7 years
Median Age (Male) 36.9 years

New Zealand Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20174,604,87148.86%51.14%170.90%
20154,528,52648.87%51.13%170.81%
20104,369,02749.09%50.91%170.81%
20054,134,698.9,999,999,99548.97%51.03%161.27%
20003,858,23449.07%50.93%151.25%
19953,674,88649.28%50.72%141.15%
19903,397,53449.22%50.78%131.40%
19853,268,19249.52%50.48%120.67%
19803,146,77149.70%50.30%120.58%
19753,082,88349.88%50.12%120.84%
19702,819,54849.97%50.03%111.84%
19652,628,00350.16%49.84%101.53%
19602,371,99950.26%49.74%92.16%
19552,136,00050.34%49.66%82.17%
19501,908,00150.26%49.74%72.06%

New Zealand Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
20204,729,66748.89%51.11%180.84%
20254,922,92348.91%51.09%190.76%
20305,103,20348.93%51.07%190.66%
20355,261,10048.95%51.05%200.54%
20405,394,80248.97%51.03%200.45%
20455,509,12649.02%50.98%210.38%
20505,607,47249.08%50.92%210.31%
20555,689,53449.24%50.76%220.26%
20605,761,99849.41%50.59%220.24%
20655,830,94849.58%50.42%220.23%
20705,898,68449.75%50.25%220.22%
20755,961,61149.88%50.12%230.20%
20806,016,07149.99%50.01%230.15%
20856,054,95250.08%49.92%230.10%
20906,078,67150.14%49.86%230.05%
20956,090,32550.20%49.80%230.02%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations
  2. New Zealand 2013 Census