Story: Otago region

Growth of towns

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The towns of Otago grew at very different rates. Farming towns such as Balclutha and Alexandra grew relatively quickly after the Second World War, but holiday towns such as Queenstown and Wānaka overtook them in the later 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Source: New Zealand censuses 1945–2013;

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago region - Population and employment since 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015