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POPULATION OF GREATER AUCKLAND.

Upon a reporter inquiring at the office of the Department of Public Health regarding the apparent discrepancy between the figures given by the Registrar General as the population of Greater Auckland, namely, 93,544, and those quoted by Dr. Purdy in a recent letter to the Mayor of Auckland, namely, 100,664, as being probably the population now reached by the City aud immediately surrounding suburbs, he wits furnished with the following:— In the first place, Ellersiie and Onehunga were included in the totals given to the Mayor, and these districts it is contended, though not included in a Greater Auckland scheme, "geographically, politically, socially and statistically" are one with the Northern town. These at last census, 1906, had a population of 4,381. The natural increase of population in those places since that date would be 232, which at once brings the total to 98,157. Then the Registrar-General estimated the City's population in January, 1908, at 42,335, and in January, 1909, at 42,748, an increase of 413 only, though the 1,276 births and but 570 deaths indicate a natural increase of 706. This difference together with increase over the actual natural increase at the same rate as duri ing the period between the taking of the I census in 1901 and 1906 would add 443. i Again, it has been ascertained that the localities comprising "other suburbs" are Eden" Terrace, A"rch Hill; Mt. Albert, Mt. Roskill, Point Chevalier, Remuera, Epsom, One Tree Hill, and Hospital Reserve. These in 1906 had a population o- 16,546. Natural increase of population at the average for Auckland and suburbs for the past three years, 18.8, and on the mean for the period, would add 904; but in addition these growing suburbs exhibited for the previous quinquennium a yearly increase over and obove natural increase of 757. At the same rate the increase upon an average population of 18,000 would be at least 950 yearly, or for the two and two-third years since last census 2,533, total 20,083, or 1,884 over the Registrar General's estimate. The total population thus arrived at is:— Greater Auckland, as per Registrar General's estimate, to January, 1909 93,544 Ellersiie and Onehunga 4,605 Add Auckland City Increase, as above 443 "Other Suburbs," add as above.. .. 1,884 Total 100,470 In these amended 'figures no comment is made upon, the estimates for the boroughs. These, it is believed, are founded upon the local returns of residences completed during the period. As, however, it is known, that in some districts circumstances have led to more than one family occupying houses in certain localities, there is reason for believing that a census would result in exhibiting a larger population than that estimated for the boroughs.

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POPULATION OF GREATER AUCKLAND. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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