NZ population 5 million in the next year or so

The population is closing in on 5 million and should get there in about a year at current growth rates.

The million milestones:

  • 1 million – 1908
  • 2 million – 1952
  • 3 million – 1973
  • 4 million – 2003
  • 5 million – 2019/2020

The gap between 1 and 2 million would have been affected in particular by two world wars and the influenza epidemic just after WW1, but it was a doubling of the population in 44 years. The population will also have approximately doubled in my lifetime (to date).

The next millions were added in 21 years, 30 years and about 17 years, all largely due to immigration.

RNZ:  Population fast approaching five million this year

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  1. acrossthespectrum

     /  10th January 2019

    I would be awomenable for NZ to have a living resident population
    of 30 million people by 2021.
    A. 10 mill natural increase.
    B. 15 million immigrants (mostly Asian) at 180,000 per year.
    Lets make NZ great.
    The margin for error of this article I have just posted is 0.0000000000009%.

    • acrossthespectrum

       /  10th January 2019

      By 2100 reach 30 million.
      Thats what the 0.0000000000000009% margin for error is for.

      • Gezza

         /  10th January 2019

        awomenable is just plain bloody anti-male radfem sexist talk, trum.
        apersonable should be used in future.

        • acrossthespectrum

           /  10th January 2019

          @Gezza. awomenable is just plain bloody anti-male radfem sexist talk, trum.
          Totally Gez.
          Really it’s just silly 🙂
          “apersonable should be used in future.”
          That was the word I was looking for 🙂
          But the milky bars on me 🙂

    • PartisanZ

       /  10th January 2019

      15 million immigrants mostly Asian will certainly take care of the pesky Maori ‘problem’ eh acrossthespectrum? *SARC* … No matter even if their “natural increase” outstrips Pakeha/Tauiwi …

      Make NZ “Great White & Yellow” …

      So immigration, like so many things in Aotearoa NZ, pointedly raises the issue of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its rightful place in our Constitution.

  2. Duker

     /  10th January 2019

    The population isnt added evenly around the country.

    In the last 20 or so years Auckland has added the population of Wellington to its numbers.

  3. acrossthespectrum

     /  10th January 2019

    Nigeria’s Population in 1960 was estimated to be 40 million. It is now around 170 million. By 2050 it is expected to reach 400 million and by 2021 at this rate reach 750 million. Kiwis saying NZ’s 5 mill pop is creating unbearable strain on our infrastructure might be a tad over reacting.

  4. New Zealand is great as it is and was greater in the last half of the 20th century. More people , more mouths to feed less food to export. Food is what made NZ great !


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