|• Territorial Authority||Tasman District Council|
|• Mayor of Tasman||Tim King|
|• West Coast-Tasman MP||Damien O'Connor|
|• Te Tai Tonga MP||Rino Tirikatene|
|• Total||30.23 km2 (11.67 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.1/km2 (19/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+12 (New Zealand Standard Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+13 (New Zealand Daylight Time)|
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As early as 1839 the New Zealand Company had resolved to "take steps to procure German emigrants" and appointed a Mr Bockelman as agent of the Company in Bremen. In September 1841 the Company made an agreement in principle to sell the Chatham Islands to the Hamburg-based Deutsche Colonisation-Gesellschaft, but the British Government thwarted this move.
However, Lord Stanley, then the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, did agree to make the German colonists instant British subjects upon arrival in Nelson after being vetted in Hamburg first.
Most of the 140 German immigrants who arrived on the ship St Pauli in 1843 and formed the nucleus of the villages of Sarau (now known as Upper Moutere) and Neudorf were Lutheran Protestants with a small number of Bavarian Catholics.
The trip had lasted 176 days, during which time four young children had perished, seven couples had been joined in Holy Matrimony, one baby had been born and two passengers had jumped ship at a re-provisioning harbour. After a brief initial period of prosperity the inherent problems of lack of land and capital caught up with the Nelson settlements and they entered a prolonged period of relative depression. Organised immigration ceased until the 1850s and labourers had to accept a cut in their wages by one third. By the end of 1843 artisans and labourers began leaving Nelson and by 1846 a quarter of the immigrants had moved away.
Charles Kelling was in charge of the second German immigration ship to the Nelson region, the Skjold, which arrived in 1844. He moved to Sarau after first having established the village of Ranzau with his brother Fedor. Charles Kelling became a community leader in Sarau. He represented the Moutere (1862–1869) and then the Waimea West (1869–1873) electorates on the Nelson Provincial Council.
Upper Moutere village is in an SA1 statistical area which covers 30.23 km2 (11.67 sq mi) The SA1 area is part of the larger Upper Moutere statistical area.
Upper Moutere and its surrounds had a population of 216 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 36 people (20.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 30 people (16.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 81 households, comprising 114 males and 105 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.09 males per female. The median age was 52.9 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 36 people (16.7%) aged under 15 years, 18 (8.3%) aged 15 to 29, 123 (56.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 42 (19.4%) aged 65 or older.
Of those at least 15 years old, 48 (26.7%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 21 (11.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $33,900, compared with $31,800 nationally. 30 people (16.7%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 96 (53.3%) people were employed full-time, 36 (20.0%) were part-time, and 3 (1.7%) were unemployed.
Upper Moutere statistical area
The statistical area had a population of 1,962 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 132 people (7.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 285 people (17.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 723 households, comprising 1,008 males and 957 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.05 males per female. The median age was 46.5 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 399 people (20.3%) aged under 15 years, 234 (11.9%) aged 15 to 29, 1,023 (52.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 306 (15.6%) aged 65 or older.
The percentage of people born overseas was 23.2, compared with 27.1% nationally.
Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 67.4% had no religion, 20.8% were Christian, 0.3% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.6% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.8% were Buddhist and 2.0% had other religions.
Of those at least 15 years old, 360 (23.0%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 249 (15.9%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $25,200, compared with $31,800 nationally. 177 people (11.3%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 726 (46.4%) people were employed full-time, 342 (21.9%) were part-time, and 36 (2.3%) were unemployed.
Upper Moutere School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 91 as of April 2023. The first school in Upper Moutere opened in 1857. The current school opened in 1929, with the classroom from the first school moved to the current grounds in the 1940s. This classroom may be the oldest still in use in New Zealand.
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