Queenstown population explosion revealed by latest census

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The Queenstown Lakes district is the second fastest growing council area in New Zealand.

According to 2013 census information released today (Tuesday) by Statistics NZ, the district’s population is now 28,224 – a 23 per cent lift from the last census in 2007.

Only the Selwyn district, near Christchurch, grew faster.

The Otago region grew almost five per cent, but three-fifths of that growth came from Queenstown-Lakes.

Re-elected Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says the census figure reinforce what the council knows, that the area remains a highly desirable place to live and visit.

Council’s planning had to factor in the impacts of high growth, she says.

“Some of these impacts are highly positive such as greater economic growth, an increased rating base which will help minimise ratepayer costs and increased property values for existing homeowners.

“But against that are things such as increasing difficulty for families wanting to buy their first home and greater demands on our core infrastructure.”

Van Uden says the census figures will help her council update its Long Term Plan next year.