The region is home to almost 500,000 people. About 200,000 or 41 percent live in Wellington City.
Statistics NZ population projections show the region’s population growing by 65,000 over the next 30 years. They predict 46,000 of those people will live in the Wellington City area.
The city is the fastest growing part of the region as well as its economic, cultural and education epicentre.
More than 30 percent of the people who work in Wellington City live elsewhere. Many businesses also rely on customers who travel from other parts of the region.
The universities attract people from the whole region. So do our museums, theatres, arts festivals and sporting events.
This close relationship between the city and region influences decisions about public transport and roads, as well as investment decisions by institutions and the private sector.
The predicted population growth is based on a rate of close to 1 percent. However, actual growth in Wellington City over the past couple of years has been closer to 2 percent.
Inner-city Te Aro (between Kent Terrace and The Terrace) is the city’s fastest growing residential neighbourhood, so transport and design solutions through this part of the city need to be carefully considered and balance competing demands.
East and south of the city, there are other areas where significantly more people are expected to live too. These include the Adelaide Road area and Shelley Bay.
Over 10 years to 2014, about 2000 new homes (mainly apartments) were built in Te Aro. This was over four times the number built in Churton Park and Johnsonville, the next fastest growing areas.
The population of Te Aro is growing more than three times faster than the city as a whole.