Mackenzie District within the South Island
|Island||South Island / Te Waipounamu|
|• Total||7,339.23 km2 (2,833.69 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2014 estimate)|
|• Density||0.59/km2 (1.5/sq mi)|
The Mackenzie District only has three towns with a permanent population over 300 at the 2013 census. They are:
- Fairlie (pop. 690) – seat of the district.
- Twizel (pop. 1,140) – the district's largest town.
- Tekapo (pop. 370)
Other smaller settlements include:
A relatively weakly settled area, the District does have a wide number of farms. However, in recent times (late 2000s), numerous proposals for new farming operations have locals fearing that the agriculture will be transformed from often family-held farms to large agribusiness operations causing increased local ecologic damage and siphoning off capital overseas.
The Mackenzie District has a dry temperate-continental climate with clear, crisp snowy winters and long, hot summers. Autumn is known for being a riot of colour, while spring brings wild flowers blooming throughout the region including lupins. The warm summer season is from November to February, where the mercury often rises past 30 degrees. In the cooler winter season, from June to September temperatures drop to below 0 degrees celsius overnight, while sunny winter days average around 8 degrees and regular snowfall.
- Lake Tekapo and the 'Church of the Good Shepherd'.
- Lake Pukaki
- Lake Ruataniwha, one of New Zealands main Rowing venues.
- Lake Ohau
- Tasman Glacier
- Hooker Glacier
The current district mayor is Claire Barlow, who was elected to replace the retiring John O'Neill in the 2010 local body elections. Ms Barlow is the first female mayor of the district.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2014 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. Also "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- Taylor, Gary (2010-02-08). "A national treasure is being squandered". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 February 2010.