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Whangarei District (Census 96) (1996 Census of Population and Dwellings) - Brochure
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On 5 March 1996 everyone in New Zealand filled in a census individual form. This included babies and children as well as visitors to the country. One person in each dwelling filled in a census dwelling form.

The information in this community leaflet is based on the usually resident population.

The figures in these community leaflets exclude a small number of "not specifieds". That is, those people who omitted to provide answers to some census questions such as marital status, educational qualifications, etc. However, these people are included in the total population counts.

Figures for the Maori population include those people who stated New Zealand Maori as either their sole ethnic group or as one of several ethnic groups.

All figures in this leaflet have been randomly rounded to base 3.

Numbers of people

Total population
1996 Census
Males
1996 Census
Females
1996 Census
Total
Change since 1991 Census
    Whangarei District
32,676
34,074
66,747
7.2 percent
    New Zealand
1,777,461
1,840,839
3,618,303
7.2 percent

  • With 66,747 people the Whangarei District ranks 13th in size out of the 74 territorial authorities in New Zealand.
  • The Whangarei District has 1.8% of the population of New Zealand. The rate of population growth since the 1991 Census is the same as for New Zealand as a whole.


Maori population
1996 Census
Males
1996 Census
Females
1996 Census
Total
Change since 1991 Census
    Whangarei District
7,584
8,223
15,807
22.7 percent
    New Zealand
258,000
265,374
523,374
20.4 percent
  • With 15,807 Maori people the Whangarei District ranks 9th in size out of the 74 territorial authorities in New Zealand.
  • The Whangarei District has 3.0% of the Maori population of New Zealand. The rate of population growth since the 1991 Census is higher than for New Zealand as a whole.

Age and sex

Total population
New Zealand
Age-Sex Structure

District
Age-Sex Structure

  • 17.0% of people in the Whangarei District are aged 60 and over compared with all of New Zealand which has 15.4% of people aged 60 and over.
  • The proportion of preschool-age children living in the Whangarei District is 8.2% compared with 7.7% for all of New Zealand.

Maori population
Maori in New Zealand
Age-Sex Structure

District
Age-Sex Structure

  • 5.5% of Maori people in the Whangarei District are aged 60 and over compared with 5.0% for all Maori in New Zealand.
  • The proportion of preschool-age Maori children living in the Whangarei District is 14.3% compared with 13.7% for all Maori of preschool-age.



Ethnic groups
    Total population
  • 72.5% of people (46,218) in the Whangarei District said that they belong to the European ethnic group. For all New Zealand 74.8% said they belong to the European ethnic group.
  • 24.8% (15,807) said that they belong to the Maori ethnic group compared with all of New Zealand at 15.1%.
  • The population of the Whangarei District contains a smaller proportion of Pacific Island People (1.3%) and Asians (1.2%) compared with the whole of New Zealand (at 5.0% and 4.6% respectively).


Marital status
    Total population
  • 12,999 people aged 15 years and over who live in the Whangarei District, said they were never married: 25,317 were married and 8,121 were widowed, separated or divorced.
  • 21.6% of people aged 15 years and over (2,802) in the Whangarei District who have never been married say that they live with a partner.
    Maori population
  • 4,251 Maori people aged 15 years and over who live in the Whangarei District, said they were never married: 3,261 were married and 1,398 were widowed, separated or divorced.
  • 22.1% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (939) in the Whangarei District who have never been married say that they live with a partner.

Languages spoken

Total population
    • 86.6% of the population in the Whangarei District (54,948) speak only one language, compared with 83.8% for New Zealand as a whole.
    • 9.5% of the people in the Whangarei District (5,991) speak two languages; 852 (1.3%) speak three or more languages.
    • The most common language after English spoken by people in the Whangarei District is Maori. For New Zealand as a whole the most common language after English is Maori.
Maori population
    • 71.9% of the Maori population in the Whangarei District (11,235) speak only one language, compared with 71.1% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
    • 3,495 Maori people in the Whangarei District (22.4%) speak two languages; 219 (1.4%) speak three or more languages.
    • The most common language after English spoken by Maori in all territorial authorities is Maori.

Education
    Total population
  • 39.0% of people aged 15 years and over (17,886) in the Whangarei District said they have no formal qualifications compared with 34.7% of people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.
  • 32.7% of people aged 15 years and over (14,979) in the Whangarei District said they have a tertiary qualification. This compares with 34.8% for New Zealand as a whole.
    Maori population
  • 53.5% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (4,752) in the Whangarei District said they have no formal qualifications compared with 49.3% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.
  • 21.6% of Maori people aged 15 years and over (1,917) living in the Whangarei District said they have a tertiary qualification. This compares with 23.1% for all Maori aged 15 years and over in New Zealand.

Households
    Total population
  • In the Whangarei District, 72.3% (16,794) of all households are one-family households. For New Zealand as a whole, one-family households make up 70.8% of all households.
  • 4,476 people in the Whangarei District live in one-person households which is 20.6% of all households, the same as New Zealand as a whole where one-person households make up 20.6% of all households.
    Maori population - revised
  • In the Whangarei District, 12,519 Maori live in one-family households.
  • 633 Maori people in the Whangarei District live in one-person households.

Families

Total population
    • In the Whangarei District couples with children (7,446 families) make up 41.5% of all families. Couples with no children make up 39.2% of all families.
    • In New Zealand as a whole, couples with children make up 44.9% of all families and couples with no children make up 37.3% of all families.
    • 19.3% of families (3,465) in the Whangarei District are one parent with child(ren) compared with 17.7% for New Zealand as a whole.
Maori population - revised
    • In the Whangarei District there were 7,338 Maori living in families consisting of couples with children. There were 1,293 Maori living in families consisting of couples only.
    • 4,758 Maori in the Whangarei District live in families consisting of one parent with child(ren).


Employment and unemployment
    Total population
  • The majority of people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District work in services and sales occupations, the most popular occupational group in New Zealand as a whole.
  • The unemployment rate in the Whangarei District is 10.3% compared with 7.7% for New Zealand.
    Maori population
  • The majority of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District work in services and sales occupations, the most popular occupational group for all Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
  • The unemployment rate of Maori in the Whangarei District is 24.2% compared with 17.5% for all Maori in New Zealand.
Home ownership and rent

Total population
    • 69.4% of permanent private dwellings in the Whangarei District are owned with or without a mortgage compared with 67.7% for all of New Zealand.
    • For those who rent, the average weekly rent paid for permanent private dwellings in the Whangarei District is $133.97 compared with $160.93 for New Zealand as a whole.
Maori population - revised
    • 49.5% of permanent private dwellings with one or more people resident of Maori ethnicity in the Whangarei District are owned with or without a mortgage compared with 51.1% for all of New Zealand.
    • For those who rent, the average weekly rent paid for permanent private dwellings with one or more people resident of Maori ethnicity in the Whangarei District is $138.06 compared with $156.85 for New Zealand as a whole.

Income and income sources
    Total population
  • 64.3% of people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District have an annual income of $20,000 or less compared with 58.6% for New Zealand as a whole.
  • 5.3% of people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District have an annual income of more than $50,000 compared with 7.3% for New Zealand as a whole.
  • 10,887 or 23.2% of people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District said they received a government benefit in the 12 months before the 1996 Census. For New Zealand as a whole 19.6% of people aged 15 years and over were in receipt of a government benefit.
    Maori population
  • 75.1% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District have an annual income of $20,000 or less compared with 67.8% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
  • 2.0% of Maori people aged 15 years and over in the Whangarei District have an annual income of more than $50,000 compared with 3.0% for Maori in New Zealand as a whole.
  • 4,275 or 47.5% of Maori people aged 15 years and over said they received a government benefit in the 12 months before the 1996 Census. For Maori in New Zealand as a whole 39.5% of people aged 15 years and over were in receipt of a government benefit.



Published 30 July 1997






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