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Paul Spoonley: Kiwis continue to flood back into New Zealand

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The four northernmost regions in New Zealand now account for more than 50 percent of the country’s population.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, and Bay of Plenty have collectively grown by 321,400 people between 2013 and 2019.
Massey University sociologist Professor Paul Spoonley says these figures are surprising.
"They grew in the last seven years by 321,000 people - that is a lot of people."
Spoonley says that, by 2030, 40 percent of the population will live in Auckland alone.
He believes a lot of infrastructure work needs to be done to keep up with New Zealand's growing population.
"It's going to be how far we can catch up with some of the demands we seen, but certainly we do need to anticipate for population growth occurring again."
However, he  says Covid-19 will slow down this trend.
"Three quarters of our population growth as a country comes from inward migration, so Covid-19 is going to put a bit of a halt to that."
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