Story: Bay of Plenty region

Page 14. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Bay of Plenty: 9,858 sq km
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate (Tauranga)

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

  • Mean temperature, January: 19.4°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 10.2°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,180 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,345 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Bay of Plenty: 194,904 (2006); 205,971 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

(Multiple responses allowed)

European

  • Bay of Plenty: 78.4%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Bay of Plenty: 24.4%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Island

  • Bay of Plenty: 2.5%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian (including Indian)

  • Bay of Plenty: 4.8%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Bay of Plenty: 0.5%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Whare, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Whakatōhea, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāi Tai

Population of major urban areas, 2013

  • Tauranga: 114,789
  • Whakatāne: 17,310

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Bay of Plenty: 21.1%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Bay of Plenty: 60.4%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Bay of Plenty: 18.5%
  • 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

  • Bay of Plenty: 9.6%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Construction

  • Bay of Plenty: 6.7%
  • New Zealand: 6.4%

Wholesale trade

  • Bay of Plenty: 4.0%
  • New Zealand: 5.4%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Bay of Plenty: 8.6%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

(Agricultural Production Survey, Statistics New Zealand)

Sheep

  • Bay of Plenty: 141,821
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Bay of Plenty: 245,190
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Bay of Plenty: 66,689
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412

Horticulture, 2012

Kiwifruit (net area planted)

  • Bay of Plenty: 9,912 ha
  • New Zealand: 12,757 ha

Avocado (net area planted)

  • Bay of Plenty: 2,081 ha
  • New Zealand: 4,149 ha
How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/bay-of-plenty-region/page-14 (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 5 Dec 2005, updated 1 Aug 2016