Story: Bay of Plenty region

Main street, Te Teko (2nd of 2)

Main street, Te Teko

Many small towns in the eastern Bay have lost population and commerce in recent decades, as it has become easy for locals to drive to Whakatāne. A high proportion of those who remain are disadvantaged. The residents of Te Teko, 20 kilometres from Whakatāne, provide one such example. In 2001 only 15.7% of its population of 630 had a post-secondary school qualification (compared to 32.2% nationally). The median income was $11,300 ($18,500 nationally), 36.2% of the population was under 15 (22.7%), and the unemployment rate was 32.1% (7.5%).

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Population: 1840 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 May 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Aug 2016