Waipa District

Estimated population (2018):  54,800

Projected population change (2018-2028):  +9.3%

Median personal income:  $35,534

Population changes

<p>Between 2018 and 2028 the population aged 65 years or more in the Waipa is projected to grow by 44 per cent, while the population of children and youth (under 25 years old) is expected to increase slightly.</p><p>&nbsp;The Asian population group will see the most growth over the those same ten years, followed by Pasifika and Māori. In comparison, the European/Other population group has relatively low growth predicted.</p>


<ul><li><p>Waipa has one of the highest proportions of residents who feel a sense of pride in the way their city/town feels and looks.</p></li><li><p>Waipa has the lowest rate of crime victimisations across all districts in the year ending June 2019, with 273 reported per 10,000 population. This number represents a slight increase over the 2015-2019 period, up from 255 per 10,000 population.</p></li><li><p>Waipa has the highest median personal income of all the districts in the Waikato Vital Signs Region, and one of the lowest rates of people living in areas of high deprivation.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 68 per cent of the Waipa population experienced a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.</p></li><li><p>Voter turnout in the 2016 local authority elections saw 39 per cent of enrolled electors casting a vote.</p></li><li><p>Waipa is the only district where the proportion of Māori residents speaking te reo has increased marginally over the 2013-2018 period.</p></li><li><p>Waipa has the lowest unemployment rate of all the districts in 2019, with 4 per cent of the labour force unemployed.</p></li><li><p>Waipa has one of the highest rates of early childhood education (ECE) participation in the Waikato Region, with 98 per cent of children regularly attending ECE in the six months prior to starting school.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 83 per cent of secondary school students in Waipa left school with NCEA Level 2 or above, the highest proportion of all districts in the Waikato Region.</p></li></ul>
Measure 2018 (estimated)
Children & youth (0-24) 32%
Prime working age (25-64) 50%
Older people (65+) 18%
Māori 15%
Pacific Peoples 2%
European 88%
Asian 4%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 0.5%
Other ethnicity 1%
Te Reo Māori speakers 3%
Own their own home 59%
Live in high deprivation 6%
Households with no motor vehicles 4%
No qualifications 20%
Level 1-5 Certificate/Diploma 60%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 20%
Involved in unpaid caring and volunteer work 26%
Experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 68%
Unemployed 4%

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.