Story: South Canterbury region

Page 13 – Facts and figures

Land area

  • South Canterbury: 13,745 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Timaru)

(National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data, 1971–2000)

  • Mean temperature, January: 16.2°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 5.7°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 573 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,826 hours

Total population, 2006

  • South Canterbury: 53,877
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947

Major urban area, 2006

  • Timaru: 26,895

Ethnic affiliation, 2006

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • South Canterbury: 80.7%
  • New Zealand: 67.6%

New Zealander 1

  • South Canterbury: 16.9%
  • New Zealand: 11.1%

Māori

  • South Canterbury: 6.0%
  • New Zealand: 14.6%

Pacific Island

  • South Canterbury: 0.8%
  • New Zealand: 6.9%

Asian incl Indian

  • South Canterbury: 1.5%
  • New Zealand: 9.2%

Principal tribes/sub-tribes

Ngāi (Kai) Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha

Age distribution, 2006

Under 15

  • South Canterbury: 19.5%
  • New Zealand: 21.5%

15–64

  • South Canterbury: 62.5%
  • New Zealand: 66.2%

65 and over

  • South Canterbury: 18.0%
  • 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

  • South Canterbury: 17.3%
  • New Zealand: 8.3%

Manufacturing

  • South Canterbury: 17.6%
  • New Zealand: 13.0%

Property and business services

  • South Canterbury: 6.2%
  • New Zealand: 11.3%

Unemployment, 2006

  • South Canterbury: 3.5%
  • New Zealand: 5.1%

Livestock numbers, 2002

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • South Canterbury: 2,209,679
  • New Zealand: 39, 571, 837

Dairy cattle

  • South Canterbury: 122,278
  • New Zealand: 5,161,589

Beef cattle

  • South Canterbury: 130,309
  • New Zealand: 4,491,281
Footnotes:
  1. The category 'New Zealander' was introduced in the 2006 census. › Back
How to cite this page:

John Wilson. 'South Canterbury region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/south-canterbury-region/page-13