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Whangarei Facts from the 2018 Census

This page contains a news story about the findings of the 2018 census.
Updated: 20/12/2019 11:09 a.m.

​Twelve interesting facts about Whangarei have emerged out of census data released this month. 

For Council’s Senior Strategic Planner Sonya Seutter, census data provides a feast of information that nourishes all sorts of planning for the future of the District. 

“The District growth has been considerable over the last five years, a very exciting prospect. However, with the increase in population growth comes growing pains.

Council must ensure that we can keep up with the growth. Investing in our infrastructure to cope with growth remains a high priority for Council.

By improving our public spaces and enhancing our roadways, we feel we can deliver on the expectations of our residents.”

“Census information shows us what is currently happening in our communities, what has changed in the past few years, trends that might be developing, and it helps us to predict what our community will need from us in the years to come. There were 12 key facts that I thought people would find interesting.”

12 Whangarei facts 

  1. Whangarei’s population has grown by an average of 2,800 people a year since the last census – that’s nearly 14,000 people 
  2. Marsden Bay and Tikipunga North experienced the largest growth in the District, with both communities growing by nearly 40%. That’s 900 more people in Marsden Bay alone.
  3. Waipu, Ruakaka, Otangarei and Kamo East also gained a significant number of new residents. 
  4. 26% of people living in the Whangarei District identify as Maori.  
  5. The ethnic makeup of the District has changed in the last twelve years (since 2006), with the combined populations of Pacific and Asian Peoples increasing from 3,300 people to 8,000 people.
  6. Mairtown has the largest female population, while Whangaruru has the largest male population.
  7. The median age of people in the District has decreased to 41.4. This is an exciting sign for Whangarei and means that we are attracting younger people to the District.
  8. Waipu has the oldest population (median age of 53.2 years) while Otangarei has the youngest population (median age of 28.9 years).
  9. Neighbourhoods with the biggest proportion of children under the age of 15 are Otangarei, Hikurangi, Raumanga, Tarewa and Kamo East.
  10. The neighbourhoods with the biggest proportion of Seniors (65+) are Granfield Reserve, Mairtown, Waipu, Marsden Bay, Parua Bay and Onerahi.
  11. In Matapouri/Tutukaka, only 53% of the dwellings have full time occupants. The remaining are generally holiday homes.  
  12. Waipu had the most homes under construction at the time of the census (3% or 57 homes).  




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