QuickStats About Canterbury Region



Number of people counted

Total population

  • 521,832 people usually live in Canterbury Region. This is an increase of 40,401 people, or 8.4 percent, since the 2001 Census.
  • Its population ranks 2nd in size out of the 16 regions in New Zealand.
  • Canterbury Region has 13.0 percent of New Zealand's population.

Population of Canterbury Region and New Zealand, 2006 Census
 
Region/City/DistrictNew Zealand
Male
 254,685  1,965,621
Female
 267,147  2,062,329
Total  521,832  4,027,947

Māori ethnic population

  • 36,669 Māori usually live in Canterbury Region, an increase of 5,037 people, or 15.9 percent, since the 2001 Census.
  • Its Māori population ranks 7th in size out of the 16 regions in New Zealand.
  • 6.5 percent of New Zealand's Māori population usually live in Canterbury Region. 

Māori Population of Canterbury Region and New Zealand, 2006 Census
 
Region/City/DistrictNew Zealand
Male
 18,453  274,860
Female
 18,219  290,466
Total  36,669  565,329

Note: The Māori ethnic population is the count for people of the Māori ethnic group. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their sole ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

Number of dwellings counted

  • There are 202,698 occupied dwellings and 18,117 unoccupied dwellings in Canterbury Region.
  • For New Zealand as a whole, there are 1,478,709 occupied dwellings and 159,273 unoccupied dwellings.
  • There are 1,794 dwellings under construction in Canterbury Region, compared with 13,560 under construction throughout New Zealand.

Dwellings in Canterbury Region and New Zealand, 2006 Census
Dwelling status
     
 
Region/City/DistrictNew Zealand
Occupied
      Private dwelling
 201,660  1,471,746
     Non-private dwelling
 1,038  6,963
     Total  202,698  1,478,709
Unoccupied
 18,117  159,273
Under construction
 1,794  13,560
Total  222,612  1,651,542

Note: This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.