Story: Waikato region

Page 16. Facts and figures

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Land area

  • Waikato: 9,325 sq km1
  • New Zealand: 268,690 sq km

Climate

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

Hamilton

  • Mean temperature, January: 18.4°C
  • Mean temperature, July: 8.9°C
  • Mean annual rainfall: 1,342 mm
  • Mean annual sunshine: 2,020 hours

Total population, 2006 and 2013

  • Waikato: 282,807 (2006); 305,265 (2013)
  • New Zealand: 4,027,947 (2006); 4,242,051 (2013)

Ethnic affiliation, 2013

European

  • Waikato: 76.3%
  • New Zealand: 74.0%

Māori

  • Waikato: 20.9%
  • New Zealand: 14.9%

Pacific Islander

  • Waikato: 4.3%
  • New Zealand: 7.4%

Asian

  • Waikato: 8.2%
  • New Zealand: 11.8%

Middle Eastern, Latin American, African

  • Waikato: 1.1%
  • New Zealand: 1.2%

Principal tribes and sub-tribes

Waikato confederation, including Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Māhanga and others; Ngāti Hauā; Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto

Population of major urban area, 2013

  • Hamilton: 141,612

Age distribution, 2013

Under 15

  • Waikato: 22.1%
  • New Zealand: 20.4%

15–64

  • Waikato: 64.7%
  • New Zealand: 65.3%

65 and over

  • Waikato: 13.2%
  • 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

  • Waikato: 8.9%
  • New Zealand: 5.7%

Information, media and telecommunication

  • Waikato: 1.0%
  • New Zealand: 1.9%

Financial and insurance

  • Waikato: 1.4%
  • New Zealand: 2.8%

Unemployment, 2013

  • Waikato: 5.4%
  • New Zealand: 7.1%

Livestock numbers, 2012

Sheep

  • Waikato: 568,226
  • New Zealand: 31,262,715

Dairy cattle

  • Waikato: 1,137,459
  • New Zealand: 6,445,681

Beef cattle

  • Waikato: 243,898
  • New Zealand: 3,734,412
Footnotes:
  1. Including an approximation for the area transferred to Waikato District in 2010. Back
How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Facts and figures', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/waikato-region/page-16 (accessed 17 July 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 31 May 2010, updated 9 Jul 2015