Story: Nelson region

Page 16. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Nelson: 10,231 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

Nelson city

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.8°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 7.2°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 960 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,472 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Nelson: 87,516 (2006); 93,591 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

European

  • Nelson: 91.2%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Nelson: 8.5%
  • New Zealand:14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Nelson: 1.4%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian incl Indian

  • Nelson: 3.2%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Nelson: 0.4%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes/sub-tribes

Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Tama. Te Ati Awa

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Nelson: 46,437

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Nelson: 19.4%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Nelson: 62.9%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Nelson: 17.7%
  • 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

  • Nelson: 13.4%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Finance and insurance

  • Nelson: 1.3%
  • New Zealand: 2.8%

Public administration

  • Nelson: 2.8%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Nelson: 3.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Nelson: 283,343
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Nelson: 71,956
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Nelson: 40,149
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/nelson-region/page-16 (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 7 Sep 2010, updated 3 Aug 2015