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New Zealand’s population approaches 5 million

Wellington: New Zealand’s population could hit five million by the end of 2019, the country’s statistics department said on Thursday. At present, New Zealand’s population is more than 4.93 million, according to the Stats NZ population clock, Xinhua news agency reported. Given current trends, New Zealand’s population could reach the five-million milestone by the end of 2019 or early 2020, said Stats NZ senior official Kim Dunstan. Based on forecasts around births, deaths and net migration, Stats NZ estimates that the country’s population increases by one person every 5 minutes and 26 seconds. (IANS)

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