Far North District

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Far North District
Māori: Te Kaunihera o Tai Tokerau ki te Raki
Geographical location
Far North DC.PNG
Location of the Far North District
Photo from the Far North District
Cape Maria van Diemen
Local authority
Country New Zealand
island North island
region Northland
Local authority District
Council Far North District Council
Headquarters of the administration Kaikohe
mayor John Carter
Telephone code +64 (0) 9
Website www.fndc.govt.nz
Coordinates 35 ° 25 ′  S , 173 ° 48 ′  E Coordinates: 35 ° 25 ′  S , 173 ° 48 ′  E
Highest elevation 781 m
Lowest point Height of sea level
surface 6th 678  km 2
Residents 55 731 (2013)
Population density 8.35 inhabitants per km 2
Statistical data
GDP (Engl. GDP) NZ $ 1.069 billion  (2012)
GDP / capita NZ $ 19,181  per inhabitant
Public revenue NZ $ 110.7 million  (2015)
Public expenditure NZ $ 102.0 million  (2015)
Number of households 27 858 (2013)
Ø income NZ $ 21,500  (2013)
Māori population 39.7% (2013)

The Far North District is an administrative unit in the Northland region in New Zealand . The district council, called the Far North District Council ( District Council ), is located in Kaikohe City , as is the district administration.


Geographical location

The Far North District is the northernmost district in New Zealand . It is located at the northern tip of the North Island and with 6678 km² of pure land is the largest district in the Northland region. With 55,731 inhabitants in 2013, the district has a population density of 8.3 inhabitants per km².

The district is surrounded to the west by the Tasman Sea and to the north and east by the Pacific Ocean . In the south it borders the Kaipara District to the west and the Whangarei District to the east .

The Far North District has 2347 km of coastline. While the west coast with Ninety Mile Beach and the coast further south is mostly very straight, the east coast is very rugged and has numerous bays, of which Doubtless Bay , Rangaunu Bay , Takou Bay and the Bay of Islands are the largest , and natural harbors, of which Parengarenga Harbor , Rangaunu Harbor and Whangaroa Harbor are also the largest. At the northern tip of the district, three capes define the coastal landscape, Cape Maria van Diemen , Cape Reinga and the North Cape .

Near the point where the Far North District , the Kaipara District and the Whangarei District meet, is the Waipoua Forest, one of the largest remaining Kauri forest areas in the country.

The three largest cities in the district are Kerikeri with 6507 inhabitants, Kaitaia with 4887 inhabitants and Kaikohe with 3915 inhabitants (as of 2013).


The climate in the district is determined by the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean and is known as subtropical . The average typical daytime temperatures are between 22 ° C and 26 ° C in summer and between 12 ° C and 17 ° C in winter. Temperatures of 28 ° C are reached more often, 30 ° C less often. The average duration of sunshine is around 2100 hours per year.


The Far North District has the longest history of settlement by the Māori and Europeans. According to the legend of the Māori , their Polynesian ancestors are said to have discovered and settled New Zealand over 1000 years ago in what is now the Far North District . The Mātaatua Waka , the waka of the leader Puhi , is reported to have landed at Tākou Bay on the east coast. The Hokianga Harbor was also the center of settlement by the Māori .

Later, at the beginning of the 19th century, Europeans settled in the Bay of Islands , where the town of Russel initially gained great importance. Not far from him, the Waitangi Treaty between the leaders of the Māori tribes and the European immigrants was signed in Waitangi in 1840 . The place has since been considered the birthplace of the New Zealand nation.


Population development

Of the district's 55,731 inhabitants, 22,110 were of Māori origin in 2013 (39.7%). This means that 3.7% of the country's Māori population lived in the Far North District . The median income in the population in 2013 was NZ $ 21,500  compared to NZ $ 28,500 national average.

Origin and languages

When asked about ethnic group membership in the 2013 census, 66.4% said they were European, 44.5% said they had Māori roots, 3.8% came from the islands of the Pacific and 2.2% came from Asia (multiple answers were possible). 15.3% of the population said they were born overseas and 15.1% of the population spoke Māori , 32.1% of the Māori .



The Far North District itself is divided into three wards , in the north the Te Hiku Ward , in the east the Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward and in the west of the Bay of Islands - Whangaroa Ward and in twelve further subdivisions based on the entire district.

The district is politically governed by the Far North District Council , which is presided over by a Mayor and nine Councilors . The nine councilors represent the three wards with shared responsibility . The mayor and council members are re-elected every three years.

Town twinning

The Far North District has three city partnerships with cities or provinces in other countries:


In 2015, the district had 7,374 companies with a total of 21,795 employees. In 2015, the dominant economic sectors besides tourism were agriculture, forestry and fishing with a 15% share and the real estate sector with a 10.8% share, followed by 8.6% apartment rental, 7.5% manufacturing and 7.5% of the health sector.



The district is connected by the New Zealand State Highways 1 , 10 and 12 , with State Highway 1 running from south to north across the district and being extended on the Aupōuri Peninsula by State Highway 1F to the northern tip.

Web links

Commons : Far North District  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files
  • Homepage . Far North District Council,accessed June 7, 2016.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e 2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Far North District - Population and dwellings . Statistics New Zealand , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  2. a b Economic Development . Far North District Council , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  3. a b c d e f g Far North District Council . In: Local Councils . Department of Internal Affairs , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  4. ^ A b c Far North District Fact Sheet . (PDF 47 kB) Far North District Council , archived from the original on January 27, 2016 ; accessed on June 7, 2016 (English, original website no longer available).
  5. a b Topo250 maps . Land Information New Zealand , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  6. Heritage . Far North District Council , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  7. 2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Far North District - Cultural diversity . Statistics New Zealand , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  8. Local Governance Structure . (PDF 1.0 MB) Far North District Council , accessed April 9, 2018 .
  9. Wards & Subdivisions . (PDF 1.9 MB) Far North District Council , accessed June 7, 2016 (English).
  10. Governance Structure . Far North District Council , accessed June 7, 2016 .
  11. ^ Sister Cities . Far North District Council , accessed April 28, 2017 .