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Last modified: 28 Sep 2020 4:53pm

Aerial view of Rolleston looking towards the Alps

New figures from the census show the district’s population has topped 66,000 people.

Statistics New Zealand has released its latest revision of population figures for different regions using data from the 2018 census and post census survey.

The new figures show Selwyn’s population was 66,300 as at 30 June 2019, growing by 4.7% over the previous year. Previous estimates had Selwyn’s population at 65,600 but this has increased by 700 following the latest revision.

The figures also show that from 2013-19 the district grew by an average of 6% a year, adding around 3,300 new residents annually. That confirms the district among the fastest growing in the country over that time, a little behind Queenstown Lakes District which grew by an average 7.1%.

Selwyn remains the third largest territorial authority area in the South Island by population, behind Christchurch City (387,700) and Dunedin City (132,300).