Story: Hawke’s Bay region

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Land area

  • Hawke’s Bay: 14,641 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Napier)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.5°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 9.4°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 784 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,258 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Hawke’s Bay: 159,063 (2006); 162,096 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Hawke’s Bay: 78.1%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Hawke’s Bay: 24.2%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Hawke’s Bay: 4.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Hawke’s Bay: 3.5%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Hawke’s Bay: 0.4%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Hastings (including Havelock North):  73,245
  • Napier: 57,240

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Hawke’s Bay: 21.7%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Hawke’s Bay: 61.4%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Hawke’s Bay: 16.9%
  • 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

  • Hawke’s Bay: 17.6%
  • New Zealand: 5.8% 

Manufacturing

  • Hawke’s Bay: 13.8%
  • New Zealand: 9.8%

Professional services

  • Hawke’s Bay: 4.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.8%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Hawke’s Bay: 7%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Hawke’s Bay: 3,262,468
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Hawke’s Bay: 93,047
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Hawke’s Bay: 471,010
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/hawkes-bay-region/page-15 (accessed 13 November 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 13 Aug 2009, updated 2 Jul 2015