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South Wairarapa District

Migration by location

Between 2008 and 2013, the LGA with the highest net migration to the South Wairarapa District (+237) was from Wellington City, whilst the highest net loss (-153) was to Masterton District.

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
South Wairarapa District - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Wellington City447-210237
Upper Hutt City162-6399
Lower Hutt City189-9693
Auckland City111-6645
Porirua City54-1836
Opotiki District909
Gisborne District18-99
Napier City18-99
New Plymouth District18-99
Ruapehu District12-39

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
South Wairarapa District - between 2008 and 2013
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Masterton District213-366-153
Carterton District138-252-114
Palmerston North City39-60-21
Manawatu District12-30-18
Selwyn District9-27-18
Hastings District18-33-15
Horowhenua District6-21-15
Far North District3-15-12
Rotorua District6-18-12
Tararua District30-42-12

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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