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The Wellington Region

Migration by location

Between 2013 and 2018, the TA with the highest net migration to the Wellington Region (+552) was from Dunedin City, whilst the highest net loss (-1,608) was to Horowhenua 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 do you usually live?' (sourced from the 2013 Census).

Top 10 TAs ranked by net gain to the area
Wellington Region - between 2013 and 2018
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Dunedin City2,571-2,019552
Palmerston North City2,724-2,259465
Hamilton City1,404-1,065339
Nelson City942-720222
New Plymouth District1,128-921207
Auckland10,137-9,936201
Timaru District294-144150
Christchurch City3,423-3,291132
Marlborough District735-633102
Invercargill City348-246102

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Top 10 TAs ranked by net loss to the area
Wellington Region - between 2013 and 2018
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Horowhenua District1,239-2,847-1,608
Tauranga City1,233-1,677-444
Hastings District1,167-1,410-243
Queenstown-Lakes District345-507-162
Manawatu District546-660-114
Waimakariri District198-312-114
Whanganui District807-912-105
Selwyn District426-528-102
Far North District309-390-81
Taupo District477-534-57

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Map of net migration by Territory
Wellington Region - between 2008 and 2013
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