Thames-Coromandel District

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Thames-Coromandel District
The road northwards from Thames. Somewhere south of Te Mata.
The road northwards from Thames. Somewhere south of Te Mata.
Thames-Coromandel District.svg
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictThames-Coromandel District Council
Mercury Bay
 • MayorSandra Goudie
 • Deputy MayorMurray McLean
 • Total2,297 km2 (887 sq mi)
 (32,200 (June 2020))[1]
 • Total32,200
 • Density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteThames-Coromandel District Council

The Thames-Coromandel District is a territorial authority district in the North Island of New Zealand, covering all the Coromandel Peninsula and extending south to Hikutaia.

It is administered by the Thames-Coromandel District Council, which has its seat in the town of Thames. It was the first district council to be formed in New Zealand, being constituted in 1975. The district lies within the Waikato Regional Council area. Its only land boundary is with Hauraki District.


The district had a population of 32,200 in June 2020.[1] 7,380 live in Thames, 6,160 in Whitianga, 4,420 in Whangamatā, and 1,860 in Coromandel.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [2]

Thames-Coromandel District had a population of 29,895 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 3,717 people (14.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,957 people (15.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 12,471 households. There were 14,625 males and 15,273 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.96 males per female. The median age was 53.6 years, the oldest of all territorial authorities in New Zealand, with 4,488 people (15.0%) were aged under 15 years, 3,537 (11.8%) aged 15 to 29, 12,600 (42.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 9,273 (31.0%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 87.9% European/Pākehā, 18.3% Māori, 2.1% Pacific peoples, 3.4% Asian, and 1.7% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 16.4%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.4% had no religion, 33.0% were Christian, and 4.7% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 3,591 (14.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 5,874 (23.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $24,900. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 9,414 (37.1%) people were employed full-time, 4,359 (17.2%) were part-time, and 633 (2.5%) were unemployed.[2]

Local government[edit]

The Thames-Coromandel District Council was formed from the amalgamation of the Thames Borough, Thames County and Coromandel County councils in 1975,[3] and is led by the Mayor of Thames-Coromandel.


  1. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Thames-Coromandel District (011). 2018 Census place summary: Thames-Coromandel District
  3. ^ Monin, Paul (14 April 2016). "Hauraki–Coromandel region - Government and politics". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Coromandel Peninsula travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 36°56′31″S 175°40′34″E / 36.942°S 175.676°E / -36.942; 175.676