Story: Wairarapa region

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Land area

  • Wairarapa: 8,423 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Masterton)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 18.1°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 7.6°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 928 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,982 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

Wairarapa: 44,817 (2006); 47,049 (2013)

New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Wairarapa: 88.5%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Wairarapa: 16.4%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Wairarapa: 2.5%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Wairarapa: 2.1%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Wairarapa: 0.2%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Masterton: 20,100

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Wairarapa: 20.2%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Wairarapa: 61.1%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Wairarapa: 18.7%
  • 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

  • Wairarapa: 20.1%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Wholesale trade

  • Wairarapa: 2.8%
  • New Zealand: 5.4%

Accommodation and food services

  • Wairarapa: 7.5%
  • New Zealand: 6.9%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Wairarapa: 4.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012 1

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Wairarapa: 3,103,129
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Wairarapa: 232,432
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Wairarapa: 257,737
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. Includes the entire Tararua district  Back
How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/wairarapa-region/page-15 (accessed 25 March 2019)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 29 Mar 2007, updated 3 Mar 2017