New Zealand population reaches 4.29 million
The population of New Zealand reached 4,291,900 by the end of 2008, an increase of 0.9 percent over the previous year, Statistics New Zealand said on Friday.
The main contribution to population growth came from natural increase -- more births than deaths, Xinhua reported.
Population growth was lower compared with the previous year, mainly due to a fall in net migration, it said.
Last year 3,800 more people settled in New Zealand than left permanently. This is down from 2007 when 5,500 more people came to live in the country than left for good.
The population growth rate was highest for the 65 years and over age group, at 2.3 percent. The 15-64 year age group increased by 0.9 percent, while the number of children aged 0-14 years grew by just 0.1 percent last year.