Story: Wellington region

Page 17. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Wellington: 2,123 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

Wellington

  • Mean temperature, January: 16.9°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 8.9°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,207 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,110 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Wellington: 410,325 (2006); 430,197 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Wellington: 76.0%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Wellington: 12.7%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Wellington: 8.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Wellington: 11.3%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Wellington: 1.6%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes

Te Āti Awa ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tara

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Wellington: 190,959
  • Lower Hutt: 91,238
  • Upper Hutt: 40,179
  • Porirua: 51,717

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Wellington: 19.5%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Wellington: 67.9%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Wellington: 12.6%
  • 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

  • Wellington: 0.3%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Manufacturing

  • Wellington: 5.0%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Finance and insurance

  • Wellington: 5.1%
  • New Zealand: 2.8%

Public administration and safety

  • Wellington: 14.4%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Wellington: 5.1 %
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Wellington: 90,849
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle 1

  • Wellington: 10,936
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Wellington: 14,036
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. An undercount – some data was suppressed to protect respondent confidentiality because of the small size of the sample. › Back
How to cite this page:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/wellington-region/page-17 (accessed 18 November 2017)

Story by Chris Maclean, published 9 Jul 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015