Story: Chatham Islands

Page 7. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Chatham Islands: 996 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 14.9°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 8.2°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 911 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,437 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Chatham Islands: 612 (2006); 600 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Chatham Islands: 73.5%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori 1

  • Chatham Islands: 59.3%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Chatham Islands: 1.1%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian, including Indian

  • Chatham Islands: 0.5%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Chatham Islands: 0.0%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes/sub-tribes

Moriori, Ngāti Mutunga

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Chatham Islands: 20.0%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Chatham Islands: 68.0%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Chatham Islands: 12.0%
  • 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

  • Chatham Islands: 19.1%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Manufacturing

  • Chatham Islands: 16.2%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Arts and recreation services

  • Chatham Islands: 2.5%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Chatham Islands: 2.5%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Chatham Islands: 59,374
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715
Footnotes:
  1. Statistics New Zealand includes Moriori in this category for census purposes. Back
How to cite this page:

Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/chatham-islands/page-7 (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Rhys Richards, published 12 Sep 2012, updated 4 May 2015