South Taranaki District

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South Taranaki District
Location of the South Taranaki District in North Island
Location of the South Taranaki District in North Island
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictSouth Taranaki District Council
WardsEgmont Plains
 • MayorPhil Nixon
 • Deputy MayorRobert Northcott
 • Total3,575.46 km2 (1,380.49 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
 • Total28,700
 • Density8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteSouth Taranaki District Council

South Taranaki is a territorial authority on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island that contains the towns of Hāwera (the seat of the district), Manaia, Opunake, Patea, Eltham, and Waverley. The District has a land area of 3,575.46 km² (1,380.49 sq mi) and a population of 28,700 (June 2020).[1] It is part of the greater Taranaki Region.

The district straddles the boundary separating the Wellington and Taranaki provinces, resulting in the town of Waverley celebrating Wellington Anniversary Day in January, and the town of Patea 15 kilometres away celebrating Taranaki Anniversary Day in March.[citation needed]

Council facilities include the South Taranaki LibraryPlus, Mania, Kaponga, Patea, Eltham, Opunake, Hāwera and Waverley libraries.[2]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [3]

South Taranaki District had a population of 27,534 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 954 people (3.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,047 people (4.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 10,668 households. There were 13,971 males and 13,566 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.03 males per female. Of the total population, 6,219 people (22.6%) were aged up to 15 years, 4,719 (17.1%) were 15 to 29, 12,264 (44.5%) were 30 to 64, and 4,332 (15.7%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.

Ethnicities were 80.6% European/Pākehā, 27.6% Māori, 2.2% Pacific peoples, 3.4% Asian, and 1.8% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 8.9, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 51.0% had no religion, 35.8% were Christian, and 4.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,007 (9.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 6,162 (28.9%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $28,800. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 10,398 (48.8%) people were employed full-time, 3,051 (14.3%) were part-time, and 942 (4.4%) were unemployed.[3]


The current mayor is Phil Nixon.[4] The deputy mayor is Robert Northcott.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ "South Taranaki LibraryPlus". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. South Taranaki District (035). 2018 Census place summary: South Taranaki District
  4. ^ "Mayor of South Taranaki". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. ^ "South Taranaki District Councillors". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 13 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 39°35′23″S 174°16′50″E / 39.589658°S 174.280687°E / -39.589658; 174.280687