CANTERBURY AND CHRISTCHURCH REGION
The Canterbury region lies to the east of the Southern Alps in the South Island and extends over a distance of approximately 200 miles from the Waiau River in the north to the Waitaki River in the south. Christchurch (Urban Area population, 220,510, 1961) is the largest city of the region and is dealt with separately elsewhere. In order to present a complete statistical account of the whole region, the statistics for the following counties, including their interior boroughs and cities, have been combined and are presented under the heading of “Christchurch Region”: the counties are Paparua, Waimairi, Heathcote, Halswell, and Mount Herbert. In a similar fashion the statistics for Akaroa and Wairewa Counties have been combined and are presented here under the title of “Banks Region”. In 1961 the Canterbury region had a total population of 343,196 (14.21 per cent of the New Zealand total population) of which 0.08 per cent were registered as Maoris.