Western Bay of Plenty District

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Western Bay of Plenty District
Kiwifruit orchard at Te Puke
Kiwifruit orchard at Te Puke
Western Bay of Plenty Territorial Authority.PNG
CountryNew Zealand
RegionBay of Plenty
DistrictWestern Bay of Plenty District Council
WardsWaihi Beach-Katikati
Te Puke-Maketu
SeatGreerton, Tauranga
 • MayorGarry Webber
 • Deputy MayorJohn Scrimgeour
 • Total2,120.675 km2 (818.797 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
 • Total56,600
 • Density27/km2 (69/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteWestern Bay of Plenty District Council

Western Bay of Plenty District is a territorial authority within the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. The district envelops Tauranga City by land, and includes Matakana Island, at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour.


The district's population in June 2020 was 56,600.[1] Of these, 2,720 live in Waihi Beach, 5,420 in Katikati, and 9,560 in Te Puke. The district has a land area of 2,120.675 km² (818.797 sq mi).

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

Western Bay of Plenty District had a population of 51,321 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 7,629 people (17.5%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 9,495 people (22.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 18,462 households. There were 25,647 males and 25,677 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.0 males per female. Of the total population, 9,555 people (18.6%) were aged up to 15 years, 8,130 (15.8%) were 15 to 29, 22,881 (44.6%) were 30 to 64, and 10,758 (21.0%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.

Ethnicities were 81.4% European/Pākehā, 19.2% Māori, 2.7% Pacific peoples, 6.5% Asian, and 1.6% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 19.2, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 51.1% had no religion, 33.3% were Christian, and 7.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 6,735 (16.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 7,935 (19.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $30,300. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 19,869 (47.6%) people were employed full-time, 7,083 (17.0%) were part-time, and 1,215 (2.9%) were unemployed.[2]

Local government[edit]

The seat of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council is at Greerton in Tauranga City (which is a separate area that is not part of the district). The district came into being in the local government reorganisation of 1989; with minor modifications to the boundaries, it merged the old Tauranga County and Te Puke Borough. The greatest changes were in the northwest, with Waihi Beach being transferred to the district from the old Ohinemuri County, and in the vicinity of Tauranga City, where some of the hinterland, formerly in the county, was transferred to the city.

The wards (for the purposes of electing district councillors) are the following:

  • Waihi Beach-Katikati Ward: (seat at Katikati)
  • Kaimai Ward: (seat at Omokoroa)
  • Te Puke-Maketu Ward: (seat at Te Puke)


  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. Western Bay of Plenty District (022). 2018 Census place summary: Western Bay of Plenty District

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Coordinates: 37°43′52″S 176°10′52″E / 37.731°S 176.181°E / -37.731; 176.181