M12 Population and migration

Released
15 February 2017 03:00 p.m.
Next release
26 April 2017 03:00 p.m.
Source
Statistics New Zealand
Periodicity
Quarterly
Data files
M12 (1991-current) (XLS 45.5 KB)
Permanent & long-term migrants Estimated resident population
Date Arrivals (Number s.a.) Departures (Number s.a.) Net (Number s.a.) (Number)
Previous years:
Dec 2014 28,470 14,270 14,210 4,554,600
Dec 2015 31,440 13,560 17,880 4,647,300
Quarterly:
Mar 2016 31,410 13,840 17,560 4,675,900
Jun 2016 30,930 14,010 16,920 4,692,700
Sep 2016 31,730 14,260 17,460 4,718,700
Dec 2016 33,110 14,690 18,420 4,746,100

The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

Population

Population estimates are derived from the latest census data with adjustments for net census undercount, residents temporarily overseas on census night, and births, deaths, and migration since the census.

International travel and migration

International travel and migration statistics measure the number of overseas visitors, New Zealand resident travellers, and permanent and long-term migrants entering or leaving New Zealand.

These statistics are based on electronic arrival and departure records for each international passenger, supplied to Statistics New Zealand by the New Zealand Customs Service.

Periodicity

Quarterly

Timeliness

Provisional population estimates are published within six weeks after the end of the reference quarter. Final population estimates are derived when an extra quarter of detailed births and deaths is available, about five months after the end of the reference quarter.

Final international travel and migration statistics are released approximately three weeks after the end of the reference quarter. The delay is longer for December data due to the peak travel period coinciding with the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Access by the public

Statistics release calendar

The Statistics Release Calendar is updated monthly and provides releases dates up to six-months ahead.

Integrity

Dissemination of terms and conditions under which official statistics are produced, including confidentiality of individual responses

The data has been reproduced with the permission of Statistics New Zealand.

Provision of information about revisions and advance notice of major changes in methodology

Revisions are generally published when a table is next due to be updated and released. New or revised data is in bold font.

Provisional and final population estimates are produced for the resident population each quarter. Final estimates are derived when an extra quarter of detailed births and deaths data are available. Changes between the provisional and final estimates are most apparent in the younger and older age groups, due to delayed registration of births and deaths.

Quality

Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

Data is sourced from Statistics New Zealand.

Population estimates

Estimated resident population

An estimate of all people who usually live in New Zealand on a given date. Visitors from overseas are excluded.

Estimates of the resident population are based on the latest census data and on births, deaths, and migration since the census.

Arrivals and departures

Overseas visitors

People who live overseas and are visiting New Zealand for less than 12 months.

New Zealand resident travellers

People who live in New Zealand and are travelling overseas for less than 12 months.

Permanent & long-term arrivals

People from overseas arriving to live in New Zealand for 12 months or more (including permanently), and New Zealanders returning after an absence of 12 months or more overseas.

Permanent & long-term departures

New Zealanders departing for an absence of 12 months or more (including permanently), and people from overseas who are departing after a stay of 12 months or more in New Zealand.

Symbols and conventions

0 Value rounded to zero
- Zero or not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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