South Taranaki District

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South Taranaki District
Location of the South Taranaki District in North Island
Location of the South Taranaki District in North Island
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictSouth Taranaki District Council
  • Taranaki Coastal
  • Eltham-Kaponga
  • Te Hāwera
  • Pātea
 • MayorPhil Nixon
 • Deputy MayorRobert Northcott
 • Total3,575.46 km2 (1,380.49 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
 • Total28,700
 • Density8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteSouth Taranaki District Council

South Taranaki is a territorial authority on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island that contains the towns of Hāwera (the seat of the district), Manaia, Ōpunake, Patea, Eltham, and Waverley. The District has a land area of 3,575.46 km² (1,380.49 sq mi) and a population of 28,700 (June 2020).[1] It is part of the greater Taranaki Region.

The district straddles the boundary separating the Wellington and Taranaki provinces, resulting in the town of Waverley celebrating Wellington Anniversary Day in January, and the town of Patea 15 kilometres away celebrating Taranaki Anniversary Day in March.[citation needed]

Council facilities include the South Taranaki LibraryPlus, Mania, Kaponga, Patea, Eltham, Opunake, Hāwera and Waverley libraries.[2]


The South Taranaki District was established as part of the 1989 local government reforms, merging Egmont, Eltham, Hawera, Patea and Waimate West counties.[3]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]

South Taranaki District had a population of 27,534 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 954 people (3.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,047 people (4.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 10,668 households. There were 13,971 males and 13,566 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.03 males per female. The median age was 38.5 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 6,219 people (22.6%) aged under 15 years, 4,719 (17.1%) aged 15 to 29, 12,264 (44.5%) aged 30 to 64, and 4,332 (15.7%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 80.6% European/Pākehā, 27.6% Māori, 2.2% Pacific peoples, 3.4% Asian, and 1.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 8.9%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 51.0% had no religion, 35.8% were Christian, 0.7% were Hindu, 0.3% were Muslim, 0.3% were Buddhist and 3.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,007 (9.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 6,162 (28.9%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $28,800, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 10,398 (48.8%) people were employed full-time, 3,051 (14.3%) were part-time, and 942 (4.4%) were unemployed.[4]

Individual wards. Wards have changed names and boundaries since these 2018 figures.
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Egmont Plains Ward (now Taranaki Coastal Ward, some territory swapped with Eltham-Kaponga) 6,345 2,412 36.4 years $29,900
Eltham Ward (now Eltham-Kaponga Ward) 4,029 1,557 37.2 years $28,000
Tangahoe Ward (now part of Te Hawera Ward) 2,859 1,053 38.2 years $40,100
Hawera-Normanby Ward (now part of Te Hāwera Ward) 10,413 4,011 38.8 years $27,900
Patea Ward (now Pātea Ward) 3,891 1,635 43.2 years $24,000[5]
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


The current mayor is Phil Nixon.[6] The deputy mayor is Robert Northcott.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ "South Taranaki LibraryPlus". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Determination of representation arrangements to apply for the election of South Taranaki District Council to be held on 12 October 2019" (PDF). [[Local Government Commission (New Zealand)|]]. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. South Taranaki District (035). 2018 Census place summary: South Taranaki District
  5. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Patea Ward
  6. ^ "Mayor of South Taranaki". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  7. ^ "South Taranaki District Councillors". South Taranaki District Council. Retrieved 13 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 39°35′23″S 174°16′50″E / 39.589658°S 174.280687°E / -39.589658; 174.280687