Story: Canterbury region

Page 18. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Canterbury: 25,252 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Christchurch)

(National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data, 1981–2010)

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.5°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 6.6°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 618 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,142 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Canterbury: 462,783 (2006); 478,626 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027, 947 (2006); 4,242,048 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European 

  • Canterbury: 86.2%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Canterbury: 8.2%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Canterbury: 2.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Canterbury: 7.5%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Canterbury: 0.9%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes

Ngāi (Kai) Tahu

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Christchurch city: 341,469
  • Ashburton: 18,471

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Canterbury: 18.7%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Canterbury: 66.3%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

Over 65

  • Canterbury: 14.9%
  • New Zealand: 14.3%

Employment by industry, 2013

(Figures are for workers aged 15 and over, in selected industries in which the region’s employment pattern is most distinctive)

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

  • Canterbury: 5.8%
  • New Zealand: 5.4% 

Construction

  • Canterbury: 11.6% 
  • New Zealand: 7.9%

Manufacturing

  • Canterbury: 10.9%
  • New Zealand: 9.8%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Canterbury: 3.4%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers. 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Canterbury: 3,440,983
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Canterbury: 855,942
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Canterbury: 299,741
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. The category 'New Zealander' was introduced in the 2006 census. › Back
How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/canterbury-region/page-18 (accessed 16 January 2018)

Story by John Wilson, published 14 Sep 2006, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015