New Zealand population hits 5 million

New Zealand’s population has topped 5 million, according to Statistics NZ.

AUCKLAND, NZ - MAY 29:Traffic on Queen street  on May 29 2013.It's a major commercial thoroughfare in the Auckland CBD, New Zealand's main population center.

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Estimates released today showed that on 31 March, the nation numbered 5,002,100 people.

Stats NZ said the national population estimates give the best measure between census dates of the population that usually lives in Aotearoa.

“The latest estimated resident population is based on the 2013 Census usually resident population count, updated for residents missed or counted more than once by the census (net census undercount); residents temporarily overseas on census night; and births, deaths, and net migration between census night and the date of the estimate,” Stats NZ said.

It will release its next population estimate 17 August 2020.

Last year, RNZ explored how New Zealand was changing as the population neared 5 million.

The series Now We Are Five (Million) aimed to find out how Aotearoa is different to what it was at 4 million (in 2003), 3 million (1973) or even 2 million (1952).

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