Kōrero: East Coast region

Whārangi 13. Facts and figures

Ngā whakaahua

Land area

  • East Coast : 8,351 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Gisborne)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.2°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 9.7°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 996 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,218 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • East Coast : 44,460 (2006); 43,656 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • East Coast: 60.8%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • East Coast: 48.9%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • East Coast: 3.8%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • East Coast: 2.4%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • East Coast: 0.4%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Gisborne : 30,960

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • East Coast: 24.6%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • East Coast: 61.4%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • East Coast: 14.0%
  • 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

  • East Coast: 22.4%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Health care and social assistance

  • East Coast: 12.2%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Education and training

  • East Coast: 9.7%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Unemployment, 2013

  • East Coast: 9.3%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • East Coast: 1,547,294
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • East Coast: 17,095
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • East Coast: 267,599
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/east-coast-region/page-13 (accessed 13 November 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, published 25 Aug 2011, updated 1 Mar 2015