According to the government agency Statistics New Zealand, the New
Zealand population as at 30 June 2009 was 4,315,800. For the year ended
June 2009, it increased by 46,900. And it is predicted that the
population will increase to five million by the late 2020s.
As at 30 June 2009, the median age for males was 35.5 years and for females 37.4 years. The median age increased 2.3 years for males, and 2.7 years for females in the 10 years ended June 2009.
Kiwis (as the locals are known) are mainly of European descent (around 70%), with the indigenous Maori people being the largest minority (around 15%). Asian (9%) and other Polynesian groups are also significant, more so in the larger urban areas.
Around 75% of the population live on the North Island, with around 25% living on the South Island. New Zealand's most populous city is Auckland (1.4 million), which accounts for around one third of the total New Zealand population. Wellington and Christchurch are both home to around 380,000 people, while other major centres are Hamilton (200,000), Napier/Hastings (125,000), Tauranga (120,000), Dunedin (120,000), Palmerston North (80,000), Rotorua (60,000) and Nelson (60,000).
About 85% of New Zealanders live in urban areas, with about 70% of the population living in the main centres with a population of over 30,000. Over 50% of all kiwis live in the four largest cities.
For more information on New Zealand population have a look at the Statistics New Zealand web site by clicking here.