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Geographic areas

Statistics for sub-national areas such as regional councils, territorial authorities, and area units. Electronic files and maps of these areas are also available.

Latest news

Statistical standard for geographic areas: 2015 review (published November 2015)
We are reviewing the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas. Find out about options for the population size of small-area geographies (SA1 and SA2) and characteristics of a new urban/rural geography. Consultation for this phase closes 8am Monday 14 December 2015.

Information about geographic areas 

Explore statistical maps about New Zealand and its people. These maps show changes in our society and economy.

Geographic Boundary Viewer
The Geographic Boundary Viewer is designed to help people visualise geographic boundaries on maps. 

Geographic boundary files
Downloadable geodatabasesshapefiles and MapInfo files to use within GIS software. 

Examples of geographic boundary layers
Examples of digital geographic boundary files, available in PDF format. 

Geographic area files
Annual text files for all meshblocks and their higher geographies. 

Geographic hierarchy 
Information on meshblocks, and how they form larger geographic areas. 

Geographic definitions (2013 Census)
List of geographic definitions used in the 2013 Census. 

Data for geographic areas

Commuter View
An experimental interactive mapping tool using 2013 Census data that shows the number of people commuting between area units. The map enables the viewer to identify areas of high employment density.

Regional statistics at a glance
Find information about your area using our guide to regional statistics.

Statistics for Auckland Council 
Information about the data available for Auckland council, formed in 2010.

QuickStats about a place (2013 Census)
Provides overviews of New Zealand's communities. Get information on topics such as population and dwellings, cultural diversity, qualifications, transport, and housing.

2013 meshblock dataset
Contains counts at meshblock level for selected variables from the 2013, 2006, and 2001 Censuses. The geographies correspond to 2013 Census boundaries. The counts are at the highest level of each variable’s classification. The dataset also contains counts for area units, wards, Auckland local board area (Auckland region only), territorial authorities, and regional councils. 

Reports and articles

Commuting patterns in Auckland (July 2015)
Commuting patterns in greater Christchurch (March 2015)
Commuting patterns in Wellington (March 2015)
These reports discuss trends in commuting patterns in major cities and regions, using data from the 2006 and 2013 Censuses. They include commentary, maps, and graphs.

Design principles for maps using New Zealand's statistical data (August 2014)
Design principles to help map-makers and analysts who use our geo-statistical information., published on Statisphere website.

Mapping trends in the Auckland region (June 2009)
Presents background data to help inform the debate. It looks at some fundamental social, demographic, and economic trends affecting people in the Auckland region. It focuses particularly on geographical patterns, and how these are changing over time. The data come from population censuses and projections, and cover the period 1991 to 2031. The results are presented mainly through maps and graphs.

Local population trends
An Excel file that contains graphs, tables and supporting notes that illustrate past and likely future trends in population size, population age structure, births, deaths, and net migration for each territorial authority, regional council area, and the Auckland local boards, as well as for New Zealand as a whole.

Commuting patterns in New Zealand: 1996–2006 (July 2009)
Statistical overview of commuting patterns in New Zealand between 1996 and 2006, focusing on Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch cities.

New Zealand: An urban/rural profile update 
Updates and reviews the experimental classification used in the 2004 report New Zealand: An Urban/Rural Profile, using 2006 Census information. It produces a greater timeseries view on this important segmentation of living in New Zealand.

Urban rural profile (2007)
Explores the diversity of the social and economic characteristics of people living in all areas of the urban-rural spectrum. The project-specific classification developed for this report re-categorises rural areas on the basis of the significance of urban areas as a source of employment. Smaller urban areas are re-categorised according to the proportion of people that work in a main urban area.

Page updated 30 July 2015

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