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, 1971–2000)

Kaitāia

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.7°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 12.2°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,334 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,070 hours

Whāngārei

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.9°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 11.2°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,490 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,973 hours

Total population, 2006

  • Northland: 148,440
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947

Ethnic affiliation, 2006

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Northland: 68.0%
  • New Zealand: 67.6%

New Zealander 1

  • Northland: 10.7%
  • New Zealand: 11.1%

Māori

  • Northland: 31.7%
  • New Zealand: 14.6%

Pacific Island

  • Northland: 2.7%
  • New Zealand: 6.9%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Northland: 1.9%
  • New Zealand: 9.2%

Principal tribes:

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

Population of major urban area, 2006

  • Whāngārei: 49,074

Age distribution, 2006

Under 15

  • Northland: 23.4%
  • New Zealand: 21.5%

15–64

  • Northland: 62.1%
  • New Zealand: 66.2%

65 and over

  • Northland: 14.5%
  • New Zealand: 12.3%

Employment by industry, 2001

(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: 17.0%
  • New Zealand: 8.3%

Manufacturing

  • Northland: 9.9%
  • New Zealand: 12.9%

Wholesale trade

  • Northland: 3.7%
  • New Zealand: 5.8%

Property and business services

  • Northland: 7.1%
  • New Zealand: 11.3%

Unemployment, 2006

  • Northland: 6.5%
  • New Zealand: 5.1%

Livestock numbers, 2003

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Northland: 530,059
  • New Zealand: 39,552,113

Dairy cattle

  • Northland: 374,019
  • New Zealand: 5,101,603

Beef cattle

  • Northland: 478,201
  • New Zealand: 4,626,617
Footnotes:
  1. The category 'New Zealander' was introduced in the 2006 census. › Back
How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange. 'Northland region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/northland-region/page-16