Statistics NZ shows our population growing

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MAYOR Meng Foon has said that estimates from Statistics New Zealand indicate the Gisborne region is growing.

The new population figures for 2017 show the district, defined by the Gisborne District Council boundary lines, has 48,500 people.

“In a couple of years we will be at 50,000,” Mr Foon said.

“I go to shops, businesses, and talk to the people involved in building homes and they all say it is definitely busier.”

Mr Foon said some furniture shop owners tell him they are selling three to four house lots a week. He and his wife Ying are building a new home.

“We know the tradies are busy. They're snowed under and this bodes well for our region.”

He said the largest number of people moving to Gisborne and the east coast are mainly family.

“Children who moved away who are now in their mid-30s to 45 are coming back home. They say the grass is definitely greener in our paradise.”

Mr Foon said he is noticing the motor vehicle fleet in the district is looking more upmarket, with more BMWs, Mercedes, Audis and the odd Rolls Royce.

The number of people coming here for business, mainly in the forestry industry, is also increasing.

“At the Eastland Wood Council awards I was speaking to two large crews who came from Whangarei to Gisborne. They are made up of about 10 men in the logging crew, and they bring their families.”

Mr Foon said accompanying the population growth spurt was a growing demand on council infrastructure.

“We need to make sure we can provide good safe infrastructure for us and future generations. Water pipes, sewer pipes, stormwater pipes are all boring as you don’t see them. One expects to turn the tap on and get safe water.

“The council is working hard to ensure that the future for good infrastructure is secure,” he said.


MAYOR Meng Foon has said that estimates from Statistics New Zealand indicate the Gisborne region is growing.

The new population figures for 2017 show the district, defined by the Gisborne District Council boundary lines, has 48,500 people.

“In a couple of years we will be at 50,000,” Mr Foon said.

“I go to shops, businesses, and talk to the people involved in building homes and they all say it is definitely busier.”

Mr Foon said some furniture shop owners tell him they are selling three to four house lots a week. He and his wife Ying are building a new home.

“We know the tradies are busy. They're snowed under and this bodes well for our region.”

He said the largest number of people moving to Gisborne and the east coast are mainly family.

“Children who moved away who are now in their mid-30s to 45 are coming back home. They say the grass is definitely greener in our paradise.”

Mr Foon said he is noticing the motor vehicle fleet in the district is looking more upmarket, with more BMWs, Mercedes, Audis and the odd Rolls Royce.

The number of people coming here for business, mainly in the forestry industry, is also increasing.

“At the Eastland Wood Council awards I was speaking to two large crews who came from Whangarei to Gisborne. They are made up of about 10 men in the logging crew, and they bring their families.”

Mr Foon said accompanying the population growth spurt was a growing demand on council infrastructure.

“We need to make sure we can provide good safe infrastructure for us and future generations. Water pipes, sewer pipes, stormwater pipes are all boring as you don’t see them. One expects to turn the tap on and get safe water.

“The council is working hard to ensure that the future for good infrastructure is secure,” he said.


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