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Migration by location

Between 2013 and 2018, the TA with the highest net migration to the Wellington City (+789) was from Dunedin City, whilst the highest net loss (-1,959) was to Lower Hutt 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 do you usually live?' (sourced from the 2013 Census).

Top 10 TAs ranked by net gain to the area
Wellington City - between 2013 and 2018
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Dunedin City1,908-1,119789
Palmerston North City1,206-771435
Christchurch City2,199-1,860339
Hamilton City789-498291
New Plymouth District756-474282
Nelson City615-438177
Tasman District465-333132
Napier City651-531120
Whangarei District312-198114
Timaru District177-63114

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 City - between 2013 and 2018
TAIn migrationOut migrationNet migration
Lower Hutt City2,784-4,743-1,959
Kapiti Coast District1,266-2,934-1,668
Porirua City2,238-3,735-1,497
Upper Hutt City849-1,425-576
South Wairarapa District216-609-393
Auckland5,736-6,126-390
Horowhenua District342-594-252
Carterton District159-318-159
Queenstown-Lakes District234-300-66
Tauranga City714-747-33

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 City - between 2013 and 2018
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