Census data show Chatham Islands population decline smaller than feared

In the 2006 census 609 people declared that they usually lived in Chatham Islands, a decrease of 108 people, or 15.1%, since the 2001 Census.  It was feared that the population had continued to experience significant decline but in data recently released from Statistics New Zealand from the 2013 census, 600 people indicated they were usually resident in the Chatham's, a decline of only 1.5%.

The full figures can be obtained from the Statistics NZ website - www.stats.govt.nz