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Maori, Asian populations to grow: Stats NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/05/2017

New Zealand is set to grow by around a million people over the next two decades, boosted by increases among Maori and Asian populations.

The change in the country's ethnic diversity are expected to mean people with heritage broadly defined as "European or other" make up 66 per cent of the population in 2038, down from 75 per cent in 2013, Stats NZ says.

By contrast, Maori are expected to make up 18 per cent of the population by 2038, up from 16 per cent in 2013, while Pacific populations could increase from 8 to 10 per cent.

Ethnically Asian people will increase their share of the population from 12 to 22 per cent over the same 25 year period.

Population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said changes to the ethnic make-up were due to the older average age of Europeans, while other groups either had higher birth rates or projected migration gains.

According to the Stats NZ projections, growth among ethnically Chinese and Indian people will lead the way in New Zealand's population growth - almost doubling in the 25 years from 2013 to 2038.

Ethnically Samoan, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African people are also projected to increase as a proportion of population.

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