Mayor Sam Broughton

Selwyn a continuing success story

by Mike Isle

Latest provisional population estimates, released this week by Stats NZ, have confirmed Selwyn as the third-largest territorial authority in the South Island and second only to Queenstown as New Zealand’s fastest growing.

As of June 30 2018, the district’s population is estimated at 62,200 — an increase of 4.8 per cent from the June 2017 figure of 59,300.

The increase also makes Selwyn the second fastest-growing district in New Zealand, beaten only by Queenstown-Lakes district (5.5 per cent). Mayor Sam Broughton says the latest data continues a long-term trend of sustained growth for the district.

“It’s not a surprise that we keep seeing our population growing — even faster than our own projections, the district has a host of advantages that continue to draw and retain people here. We offer land at affordable prices, a family-friendly environment, excellent infrastructure, great road and rail links for business — and of course, some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world, right on our back doorstep.

“These factors are attracting families from around New Zealand and the world, along with businesses that are establishing or relocating in our townships and business zones.

“We have been seeing an upward trend for a number of years. The council has worked hard to develop industrial land at Izone near Rolleston, and we have also been investing in facilities and services to support all of our communities.”

Mayor Broughton says there has also been a significant number of international arrivals in Selwyn, with more than 300 becoming citizens over the last year.

“We are becoming a multicultural community, and it is clear from events like CultureFest that our communities are embracing our new arrivals.”