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The Wellington Region

Migration by location

Between 2008 and 2013, the LGA with the highest net migration to the Wellington Region (+888) was from Christchurch City, whilst the highest net loss (-1,746) was to Auckland City.

Migration, (or residential mobility), together with births and deaths are significant components of population change in New Zealand. The movement of people into, and out of an area directly influences the characteristics of the population, and the community's aspirations. Demand for services and facilities in an area will also be influenced by the characteristics of people moving in and out, and their family status (eg. with young children).

The main types of migration in New Zealand are migration to and from overseas, and migration within New Zealand. The most common form of migration is within New Zealand, and this largely involves moves between neighbouring and existing urban areas where moves are often short.

Understanding where current residents have moved from helps in predicting future mobility patterns and demographic change. Understanding where your residents are moving to indicates areas of population growth and possible strategies councils can use to retain and attract residents.

Generally, areas of new housing growth attract residents from established areas, especially young couples and families, coastal communities attract retirees and people seeking a lifestyle change, while inner city areas, and areas near universities attract young adults. These are broad general trends, while local demographic patterns also have a major impact on population movement.

The data below provides a summary of where current residents lived five years prior to the last Census.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Where does the person usually live?' and 'Where did the person usually live five years ago (on 5 March 2008)'.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net gain to the area
Wellington Region - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Christchurch City3,849-2,961888
New Plymouth District1,245-876369
Nelson City960-639321
Hastings District1,299-1,071228
Napier City1,257-1,044213
Dunedin City2,271-2,070201
Wanganui District789-594195
Marlborough District774-588186
Hamilton City1,230-1,065165
Rotorua District651-495156

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net loss to the area
Wellington Region - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Auckland City7,320-9,066-1,746
Horowhenua District990-1,830-840
Tauranga City1,041-1,242-201
Selwyn District288-426-138
Waimakariri District207-321-114
Far North District273-333-60
Manawatu District474-534-60
Western Bay of Plenty District318-348-30
Waipa District285-309-24
Queenstown-Lakes District303-327-24

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

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