Knowing about the structure of our region's population helps us anticipate infrastructure needs around the region. For example, large numbers of children in an area will create a demand for schools and parks with adventure playgrounds. Areas with older residents may need parks with more sedentary activities available, or better public transport services.
Under-use of existing infrastructure in some areas and over-demand in others leads to environmental inefficiency.
What is happening?
Our region's general population is ageing, with a bulge of people in the 40 to 55 year age group. About half (53 percent) of the people living in our region are aged 35 years and older. In 2001 only 49 per cent of residents were over 35 years.
Our region's general population is ageing, with a bulge of people in the 40 to 55 year age group. About half (53 percent) of the people living in our region are aged 35 years and older. In 2001 only 49% of residents were over 35 years.
While there are more females than males overall (100 females per 95 males), there are more males than females under 25 years old (100 males to 97 females). The difference is largest in the over-85-years age group where there are only 58 males per 100 females.
In 1991, 18% of the Waikato region's population identified as belonging to the Maori ethnic group. This increased to 21% in 2013. Our region's Maori population is youthful - 44% of Maori are less than 20 years old, and 64% are less than 35 years old.
- Waikato Regional Council monitors population structure and assesses how this affects our environment.
- We monitor the ecological footprint of Waikato’s population and encourage people to live more sustainably.
- We work with the district and city councils in our region to ensure that infrastructure services have only a minimal effect on the environment.
- We work with communities, district and city councils and other agencies to develop sustainable development strategies (Growth Strategies) that will build a prosperous economy based on a healthy environment and a healthy society. A good example of such a partnership is Waikato Regional Council involvement in the Taupo-nui-a-Tia 2020 Project. This Project is a long-term vision for Lake Taupo integrating social, cultural, environmental and economic knowledge. This will enable agencies, iwi and the wider community to make educated and informed decisions about sustainable development in the Lake Taupo area.
- Department of Statistics – Census
- Department of Statistics - monitoring progress towards a sustainable New Zealand
When this indicator is updated
This indicator is updated every five years.
Contact at Waikato Regional Council
Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate