South Taranaki Population Increases
Monday, October 21, 2013
Newly re-elected Mayor, Ross Dunlop says South Taranaki’s population increase is a good result and is a very positive sign for the future.
Census figures released by Statistics NZ on Tuesday (15 Oct) showed the population of Hawera and its surrounding areas increased by about 500 new residents since the last census in 2006. Overall the South Taranaki district increased in population by almost 100 people.
South Taranaki’s increase contrasted with similar districts* in the North Island, many of whom experienced declining populations.
“It’s great to see that South Taranaki has turned the trend around and is now seeing modest growth,” says Mr Dunlop.
“Economically the district is doing well and Taranaki as a region has been booming. This has resulted in more jobs, opportunities and consequently population growth,” he says.
Mayor Dunlop says the Council has also invested a lot into South Taranaki communities over the past 10 years in terms of facilities and infrastructure which has added to making the district a great place to live and raise a family. This is boosted by the fact the district has some of the most affordable housing in the country.
“While Central Government over the decades has centralised its services, we have implemented a very deliberate policy of maintaining Council services and facilities in our smaller communities,” he says.
“We need to make sure this growth continues by ensuring our towns are vibrant, attractive places where people want to live.”
*eg. Rangitikei, Tararua, Wairoa, Whakatane, Ruapehu, Waitomo, Opotiki, South Waikato