New Zealand's population is increasing by one person every five minutes and 26 seconds, and is forecast to hit 5 million within the next few months. What will the nation look like when it happens, and what was life like in the years when each million milestone was reached? We look at the different stages of our nation's growing population in this five-part series.

Sometime on either side of Christmas this year, the New Zealand population will hit a new milestone: 5 million Kiwis.

It will come 16 years after the 4 million milestone was reached - a new record

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THE SERIES