Statistical profile of Tauranga
The following information is based on data gathered by Statistics New Zealand in 2001, updated where possible by data supplied by other agencies.
Tauranga’s population is older than average. In 2001, 14% of Tauranga residents were aged 60-74 years (11% of the national population), and 8% were aged 75 years and over (5% nationally).
Meanwhile, people under 60 years were under-represented in Tauranga’s population, particularly those aged 15-29 years. In 2001, these young people made up 17% of residents, compared with 20% nationwide. There were fewer children under 15 years than people aged 60 years and over.
The Tauranga District is less ethnically diverse than New Zealand as a whole. At the 2001 Census, 88% of the district’s residents identified as “European”, compared with 80% nationwide. Maori made up 16% of the population (compared with 15% nationally) and smaller ethnic groups were represented at a fraction of their national rate. People of Asian ethnicity, for example, made up little more than 2% of the population and Pacific people 1.6%. Fourteen percent of the district’s residents were born overseas (compared with 19% nationally), half of them in the UK or Ireland.