More than 10,000 leave Christchurch
October 25, 2011, 2:52 pm
About 10,600 residents have left Christchurch since a series of earthquakes devastated the commercial centre and destroyed at least 30,000 houses.
The population loss was partly offset by the natural increase of births exceeding deaths, leaving the city with 8900 fewer people – down 2.4 per cent to 367,700 at the end of June, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday.
The first official estimate of population change in the country since the quakes began in September 2010 showed accelerated growth in many regions as people moved from the South Island’s largest city, spokeswoman Deb Potter said.