Story: Manawatū and Horowhenua region

Page 15. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 4,031 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Palmerston North)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.8°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 9.1°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 917 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,744 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 133,665 (2006); 137,631 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 81.8%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 17.5%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 4.0%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 6.6%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 0.9%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Muaūpoko, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Palmerston North: 77,259
  • Levin: 19,437

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 19.8%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 64.1%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

Over 65

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 16.1%
  • 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)

Public administration and defence

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 8.0%
  • New Zealand: 3.0%

Education

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 11.1%
  • New Zealand: 8.6%

Health

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 13.4%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 5.0%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 784,264
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 228,691
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Manawatū and Horowhenua: 112,643
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/manawatu-and-horowhenua-region/page-15 (accessed 21 August 2018)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Jul 2006, updated 22 Apr 2015