Story: Northland region

Page 16 – Facts and figures

Land area

  • Northland: 12,600 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

Kaitāia

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.5°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 12.1°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,350 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,115 hours

Whāngārei

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.9°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 11.6°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,304 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,003 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Northland: 148,440 (2006); 151,692 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Northland: 75.7%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Northland: 32.4%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Northland: 3.2%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Northland: 2.8%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Northland: 0.4%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes:

Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Wai

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Whāngārei: 49,161

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Northland: 21.6%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Northland: 60.1%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Northland: 18.3%
  • 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

  • Northland: 8.9%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Manufacturing

  • Northland: 9.5%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Wholesale trade

  • Northland: 3.2%
  • New Zealand: 5.4%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Northland: 9.7%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Northland: 282,916
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Northland: 240,447
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Northland: 269,244
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange. 'Northland region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 28-Apr-15
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/northland-region/page-16