No man drought for Christchurch

  • 07/08/2017
The city has nearly 6000 more young men aged 20-29 than women the same age.
The city has nearly 6000 more young men aged 20-29 than women the same age. Photo credit: Getty

While many areas around New Zealand face a "man drought", that is not the case for Christchurch.

The city has nearly 6000 more young men aged 20-29 than women the same age, according to the latest Greater Christchurch Dashboard.

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says that is just one statistic from the dashboard, which looks into population changes since the 2011 earthquakes.

"As many of us who live in the region have seen first-hand, there's been a significant population shift from Christchurch city to the neighbouring Selwyn and Waimakariri districts," Ms Wagner said.

The dashboard shows the population of central Christchurch dropped by 2700, or 32.3 percent, between 2010 and 2016. Overall, the Canterbury population grew by 32,200, or 5.7 percent.

"And while that's been well documented, the key is understanding how changing population trends and projected growth affect long-term planning for greater Christchurch.

"Greater Christchurch is also more ethnically diverse than it once was, with people from all over the world, particularly Ireland and the Philippines, as well as more Maori and Pacific people."

Between 2006 and 2013, the Maori population of greater Christchurch rose 17 percent and the Pacific population 15 percent.

Those rates were ahead of the national rate, but the 22 percent increase in the Asian population was lower than the national 34 percent increase.

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