Pacifica could make up 11 percent of NZ population by 2038

High birth rates and intermarriage are expected to drive the population growth of Pacific people in New Zealand over the next 23 years.

Statistics New Zealand has released its latest population projections which indicate overall trends.

The Pacific population is expected to make up 11 percent of the total population in 2038 compared with eight percent in 2013.

Much of the population will be based in Auckland and will increase its presence there by three percent to comprise 18 percent of the city's population in 2038.