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About the region

About the region

Updated 27 July 2021 8:40am
  • The Greater Wellington region covers a land area of 813,005 hectares and a maritime area of 786,700 hectares. There are 497 kilometres of coastline.
  • The population of the region is 487,700 (Statistics NZ, estimated resident population, 30 June 2011).
  • Greater Wellington manages 320 kilometres of river channels and 280 kilometres of stopbanks. We are responsible for one of the largest flood protection schemes in New Zealand.
  • Around 35 million passenger journeys are made on the region's public transport system each year.
  • Greater Wellington collects, treats and delivers about 155 million litres of high quality water each day, on average, to the Wellington, Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua city councils.
  • Greater Wellington manages possum control programmes on approximately 322,000 hectares of land in the region each year.
  • Greater Wellington manages 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests.

Wellington region community profile

The Wellington Region Community Profile enables you to analyse the population characteristics of your community, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas.

The profile presents data from the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings in 2013, 2006, 2001 and 1996 for the Wellington region, and each territorial authority area. This data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary covering a wide range of Census questions.

The profile answers the majority of frequently asked socio-demographic questions and assists Council, the general public, students, community groups, organisations, business and investors to become more informed about the community.


Wellington region economic profile

The Infometrics online profile presents a wealth of economic and labour market information about the Wellington Region. It is interactive and enables you to compare Wellington Region with other regions that have public profiles. PDF and summary reports and infographics can also be accessed from here.






Other economic reports for the region can be found here.