Story: Taranaki region

Page 15. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Taranaki: 7,213 sq km1
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

New Plymouth

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.8°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 9.5°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,386 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,197 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Taranaki: 104,127 (2006); 109,608 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

European

  • Taranaki: 86.2%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Taranaki: 17.4%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Islander

  • Taranaki: 1.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian

  • Taranaki: 3.4%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Taranaki: 0.4%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Maru, Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • New Plymouth: 51,303
  • Hāwera: 8,517
  • Stratford: 5,463

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Taranaki: 21.1%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Taranaki: 62.7%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Taranaki: 16.2%
  • 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

  • Taranaki: 7.5%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Manufacturing

  • Taranaki: 17.5%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Professional, scientific and technical services

  • Taranaki: 5.0%
  • New Zealand: 7.6%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Taranaki: 5.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Taranaki: 434,402
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Taranaki: 604,383
  • New Zealand:  6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Taranaki: 103,546
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. Includes Waverley. Back
How to cite this page:

Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/taranaki-region/page-15 (accessed 20 May 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, published 11 Dec 2009, updated 1 Aug 2015