Story: Volcanic Plateau region

Page 15. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Volcanic Plateau: 9,572 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

Rotorua

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.7°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 7.8°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,342 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,128 hours

Taupō

  • Mean temperature, January: 17.0°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 6.5°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 960 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,951 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Volcanic Plateau: 98,322 (2006); 98,187 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Volcanic Plateau: 70.7%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Volcanic Plateau: 34.6%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Volcanic Plateau: 4.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Volcanic Plateau: 5.3%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Volcanic Plateau: 0.5%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes

Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Tahu

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Rotorua: 53,265
  • Taupō: 21,864

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Volcanic Plateau: 22.6%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Volcanic Plateau: 62.6%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Volcanic Plateau: 14.8%
  • 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)

Accommodation and food services

  • Volcanic Plateau: 12.8%
  • New Zealand: 6.9%

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

  • Volcanic Plateau: 9.0%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Volcanic Plateau: 5.8%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Volcanic Plateau: 454,273
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Volcanic Plateau: 296,228
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Volcanic Plateau: 78,472
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/volcanic-plateau-region/page-15 (accessed 24 May 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 1 Nov 2007, updated 25 May 2015