We're starting this conversation in our central city. It's the heart of our city, the engine room of our regional economy and the main provider in terms of accommodating population growth.


Wellington expects to gain between 50,000 and 80,000 more residents by 2043. That’s around six times the population of Karori that we need to find room for in our city over the next 25 years. Almost half of that population growth is expected to go into the central city, which means this area needs 20,000 to 30,000 new homes.


Population growth brings challenges and opportunities. We are competing with cities around the world for talent and attracting people who contribute to our economy and make our city vibrant. At the same time, a larger population will have an impact on housing, transport, infrastructure and liveability.


Wellington consistently places among the world’s top cities in international surveys that measure quality of life. If we want to maintain our high living standards, we need to act now to prepare for a bigger population.