Story: Whanganui region

Page 15. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Whanganui region: 10,327 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Whanganui town)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 18.3°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 9.5°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 918 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,055 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Whanganui region: 64,017 (2006); 61,791 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,058 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Whanganui: 80.7%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Whanganui: 24.8%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Whanganui: 3.0%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Whanganui: 2.7%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Whanganui: 0.3%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngā Rauru, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Tamakōpiri, Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Paki, Ngāti Hauiti

Population of major urban area, 2013

Whanganui: 38,088

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Whanganui: 20.6%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Whanganui: 61.2%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Whanganui: 18.2%
  • 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

  • Whanganui: 13.0%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Financial and insurance

  • Whanganui: 1.2%
  • New Zealand: 2.8%

Professional, scientific and technical

  • Whanganui: 3.4%
  • New Zealand: 7.9%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Whanganui: 5.3%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Whanganui and Rangitīkei districts 1: 2,115,762
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Whanganui and Rangitīkei districts: 82,228
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Whanganui and Rangitīkei districts: 200,539
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. Data only available by district. › Back
How to cite this page:

Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/whanganui-region/page-15 (accessed 12 November 2019)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, published 16 Jun 2008, updated 15 Jun 2015