South Waikato District

Estimated population (2018):  24,800

Projected population change (2018-2028):  -4%

Median personal income:  $24,920

Population changes

<p>The population group aged 65 years or more in South Waikato is projected to grow by 32 per cent between 2018 and 2028, while the population of children and youth (under 25 year olds) is expected to decrease.</p><p>&nbsp;The Asian population group in South Waikato should see the most growth in the same decade, followed by the Pasifika and Māori populations. In comparison, the European/Other population group is predicted to have little growth over this time.</p>


<ul><li><p>Proportionally, South Waikato has the largest Pasifika population.</p></li><li><p>Compared to all other districts in the Waikato Vital Signs Region, South Waikato has the most people living in areas categorised as high deprivation (57 per cent of population).</p></li><li><p>In South Waikato 47 per cent of respondents feel a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels. This has decreased from 67 per cent in 2016.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 64 per cent of the population experienced a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood. This was a decrease from 77 per cent in 2016.</p></li><li><p>Voter turnout in the 2016 local authority elections saw 44 per cent of enrolled electors casting a vote.</p></li><li><p>South Waikato had the highest unemployment rate of all the districts in 2019, with 10 per cent of the labour force unemployed.</p></li></ul>
Measure 2018 (estimated)
Children & youth (0-24) 35%
Prime working age (25-64) 48%
Older people (65+) 16%
Māori 35%
Pacific Peoples 13%
European 69%
Asian 4%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 0.4%
Other ethnicity 1%
Te Reo Māori speakers 7%
Own their own home 52%
Live in high deprivation 57%
Households with no motor vehicles 7%
No qualifications 30%
Level 1-5 Certificate/Diploma 60%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 10%
Involved in unpaid caring and volunteer work 28%
Experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 64%
Unemployed 10%

Information source

All information is sourced from the Waikato Vital Signs Consultancy Report, January 2020, written by the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato.

Drawing comparisons

In 2016, the pilot Waikato Vital Signs Region covered just three council areas – Waikato District, Matamata-Piako District and Hamilton City. Waikato Vital Signs 2020 includes nine districts, and for some indicators there have been changes in the data source or methodology, therefore, overall findings for some indicators are not directly comparable between the 2016 and 2020 reports.

Ethnicity distribution

People may identify with, and therefore be counted in, more than one ethnic group, so overall percentage totals can add up to more than 100.