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Increasing incomes and diversity for Taranaki region

Census shows increasing incomes and diversity for Taranaki region – Media release

3 December 2013

Results from the 2013 Census show Taranaki had one of the largest increases in incomes since 2006, and is following national trends in terms of population make-up and home ownership.

The information was released today as part of the latest batch of census results from Statistics New Zealand.

Median incomes in Taranaki for people aged 15 years and over have increased 25.4 percent since the last census in 2006, the fourth-largest regional increase. The median income for people aged 15 years and over is $29,100 in 2013.

Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said information from the 2013 Census shows the New Zealand population is growing more ethnically diverse, and that as a nation we have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased.

“Taranaki reflects those trends. The 2013 Census results show that around 12.8 percent of its population was born overseas, up from 11 percent in 2006. People in Taranaki who indicated they are of Asian ethnicity increased 66.9 percent since 2006, and those who indicated they are of Māori ethnicity increased 14.9 percent.

“The region’s rate of home ownership was 68.0 percent in 2013 – a decrease from 69.9 percent in the 2006 Census. This drop in rate of home ownership is in line with the national trend, as is the increase in the number of dwellings. There are 2,970 more occupied dwellings in Taranaki than at the last census in 2006.

Other key points about Taranaki from the 2013 Census results include:
• In the 2013 Census, 12.3 percent of people aged 15 years and over said they had a university degree or equivalent, compared with 9.2 percent in 2006.
• After English, the next most spoken languages in the Taranaki region are te reo Māori (3.7 percent) and French (0.7 percent) – which is similar to 2006.

Ms MacPherson said that the latest release of census information is keenly awaited by those planning for Taranaki’s future. “Census means local government and communities can make informed decisions about where services like hospitals, schools, roads, public transport, and recreational facilities are needed.”

For further information about the 2013 Census results please visit www.stats.govt.nz.


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