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Taranaki region – highest proportion of managers in NZ

Taranaki region – highest proportion of managers in New Zealand

4 February 2014

Latest results from the 2013 Census show that the Taranaki region is home to the highest proportion of managers in New Zealand.

2013 Census regional summary tables – part 2, released today, gives an interesting impression of the Taranaki region and its districts.

“Of the employed population in Taranaki, 21.3 percent were managers at the 2013 Census. This compared with 18.7 percent of employed people nationwide,” Census Statistics Manager Gareth Meech said.

Managers made up the largest occupational group in Taranaki, followed by professionals (17.1 percent of the employed population), labourers (15.6 percent), and technicians and trade workers (13.7 percent).

Of all 16 regions, Taranaki had the third-highest percentage increase in median household income – up 30.6 percent, from $44,700 in 2006 to $58,400 in 2013.

In line with national trends, there was a decline in the number of smokers in Taranaki. The proportion of regular smokers dropped from 22.4 percent of the adult population in 2006 to 17.8 percent last year, a decrease of 2,595 people.

Among people aged 15–19 years the change was particularly significant. The proportion of regular smokers in this age group fell from 21.1 percent in 2006 to 13.2 percent in 2013. That’s a 44.2 percent decrease, which equates to 639 fewer young people lighting up.

“This local breakdown of census information is some of the most important, as it will help communities and service providers plan for the future,” Mr Meech said. “Providers of local services such as health, education, community, and recreational facilities can use census data to form a picture of the region and what it needs to succeed.”

2013 Census regional summary tables – part 2 has more information on topics such as religion, relationship status, occupation, and smoking.

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