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, 1981–2010)

  • Mean temperature, January: 15.9°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 5.0°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 548 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 1,932 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • South Canterbury: 53,877 (2006); 55,623 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • South Canterbury: 92.4%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • South Canterbury: 7.2%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • South Canterbury: 1.1%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • South Canterbury: 2.5%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • South Canterbury: 0.5%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes/sub-tribes

Ngāi (Kai) Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Timaru: 27,048

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • South Canterbury: 18.2%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • South Canterbury: 61.4%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • South Canterbury: 20.4%
  • 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

  • South Canterbury: 14.1%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Manufacturing

  • South Canterbury: 16.6%
  • New Zealand: 10.9%

Unemployment, 2013

  • South Canterbury: 2.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • South Canterbury: 1,512,230
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • South Canterbury: 299,604
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • South Canterbury: 142,217
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
How to cite this page:

John Wilson. 'South Canterbury region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 12-May-15
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/south-canterbury-region/page-13