New Zealand's population could hit five million by the end of the year, the country's statistics department, Stats NZ, said on Thursday.
According to the Stats NZ, at the moment, New Zealand's population is over 4.93 million. The four-million milestone was reached back in 2003 as the country prepares, 16 years later to hit the five million mark.
It took the country 30 years to hit the 3 million mark, between 1973 and 2003.
Dunstan said, adding over the last few years, the population has grown particularly quickly.
Given current trends, New Zealand's population could reach the five-million milestone by the end of 2019, or early 2020, Stats NZ senior demographer Kim Dunstan said.
Stats NZ, based on forecasts around births, deaths and net migration, estimates that the country's population increases by one person every five minutes and 26 seconds.
In the year ending September 2018, the population had grown by 90,000, he said, adding it was growing as fast as 2.1 per cent in 2016 and 2017.
New Zealand's population reached one million in 1908, while the second million was reached in 1952.
According to Stats NZ, the population hit three million in 1973 and four million in 2003.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria