Waitomo District

Estimated population (2018):  9,570

Projected population change (2018-2028):  -0.8%

Median personal income:  $27,310

Population changes

<p>The population group aged 65 years or more in Waitomo is projected to grow by 33 per cent between 2018 and 2028, while the population of children and youth (under 25 years old) is expected to decline.</p><p>&nbsp;The Pasifika and Asian population groups in Waitomo will see the most growth over the same decade, followed by the Māori population. In comparison, the European/Other population group is predicted to decline over this time.</p>


<ul><li><p>Waitomo has the second highest proportion of people living in areas categorised as high deprivation in the Waikato Vital Signs Region.</p></li><li><p>32 per cent of the usually resident population aged 15+ years in Waitomo are involved in unpaid caring or volunteer work in the community, much higher than the New Zealand average of 25 per cent and the highest rate in the Waikato Vital Signs Region.</p></li><li><p>Waitomo has the highest proportion of te reo Maaori speakers at 11 per cent, nearly three times the New Zealand average of 4 per cent.</p></li><li><p>Waitomo has the highest number of serious and and fatal road casualties recorded in the year ending June 2018 (251 recorded serious and fatal road casualties per 100,000 population), four times the national average.</p></li><li><p>In Waitomo 60 per cent of respondents feel a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels.</p></li><li><p>There has been a significant increase in the number of crime victimisations reported each year in Waitomo during the 2015-2019 period, from 320 to 544 per 10,000 population.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 71 per cent of the Waitomo population experienced a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.</p></li><li><p>Waitomo has one of the lowest rates of early childhood education participation in the Waikato Region, with 94 per cent of children regularly attending ECE in the six months prior to starting school.</p></li><li><p>In 2018, 61 per cent of secondary school students in Waitomo left school with NCEA Level 2 or above, a significant decrease from 72 per cent in 2014. The 2018 result is also the lowest proportion in the Waikato Region.</p></li></ul>
Measure 2018 (estimated)
Children & youth (0-24) 35%
Prime working age (25-64) 50%
Older people (65+) 16%
Māori 45%
Pacific Peoples 4%
European 64%
Asian 4%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 0.3%
Other ethnicity 1%
Te Reo Māori speakers 11%
Own their own home 49%
Live in high deprivation 50%
Households with no motor vehicles 6%
No qualifications 29%
Level 1-5 Certificate/Diploma 59%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 12%
Involved in unpaid caring and volunteer work 32%
Experience a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood 71%
Unemployed 6%

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.