Regions of New Zealand

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Eleven regions of New Zealand and six Unitary Authorities together form the top level of New Zealand's sub-national administrative units .

Regional councils

The regions are administered by Regional Councils . In the regions of Gisborne, Marlborough and Tasman, the respective District Council (district council) takes on the tasks of the Regional Council , in the Nelson region the City Council (city council), in Auckland since November 1, 2010 the Auckland Council . These five councils are also referred to as Unitary Authorities (German unitary authorities).

Areas outside the regions

The outer areas of New Zealand are not subject to the division into regions. With the Chatham Island Council, there is an institution on the Chatham Islands with competencies comparable to the Unitary Authorities . The Chatham Island Territory is therefore also listed as the 17th region. The Kermadec Islands , Antipodes Islands , Auckland Islands , Bounty Island , Campbell Island and Snare Islands are uninhabited, and the Minister takes on the functions of the Council for the Department of Conservation employees who are there . The Three Kings Islands are also uninhabited.

Tokelau is not part of the national territory of New Zealand, but its colony. Niue and the Cook Islands are autonomous states in free association with New Zealand. New Zealand also makes claims to the Ross subsidiary area , but these are suspended due to the Antarctic Treaty .

Overview of the regions

Southland Otago Canterbury West Coast Nelson Tasman Marlborough Northland Auckland Council Waikato Gisborne Bay of Plenty Hawke’s Bay Taranaki Wellington Manawatu-Wanganui
Regions of New Zealand
region administration Administrative headquarters Area
in km²
Residents Density
Northland Northland Regional Council Whangarei 12,498 151,689 12.1
Auckland Auckland Council Auckland 4,938 1,415,550 286.7
Waikato Waikato Regional Council Hamilton 23,902 403,638 16.9
Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty Regional Council Whakatāne 12,071 267,741 22.2
Taranaki Taranaki Regional Council Stratford 7,254 109,608 15.1
Gisborne Gisborne District Council Gisborne 8386 43,653 5.2
Hawke's Bay Hawke's Bay Regional Council Napier 14,164 151.179 10.7
Manawatu-Wanganui Horizons Regional Council Palmerston North 22,220 222,669 10.0
Wellington Wellington Regional Council Wellington 8,049 471.315 58.6
Tasman Tasman District Council Richmond 9,616 47,154 4.9
Nelson Nelson City Council Nelson 424 46,437 109.5
Marlborough Marlborough District Council Blenheim 10,458 43,416 4.2
West coast West Coast Regional Council Greymouth 23,244 32,148 1.4
Canterbury Environment Canterbury Christchurch 44,508 539.433 12.1
Otago Otago Regional Council Dunedin 31.209 202.470 6.5
Southland Southland Regional Council Invercargill 31,195 93,339 3.0
Chatham Islands Chatham Islands Council Waitangi 794 600 0.8
New Zealand Wellington 264.903 4,242,039 16.0

Source: Department of Internal Affairs (land areas without water as of 2014, population as of 2013 census)

  1. a b c d e f Unitary authority

See also


  • Jan Kelly, Brian Marshall : Atlas of New Zealand Boundaries . Auckland University Press , Auckland 1996, ISBN 1-86940-149-2 (English).

Web links

Commons : Regions of New Zealand  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Homepage . In: Local Councils . Department of Internal Affairs,accessed June 8, 2016.
  • Homepage . In: New Zealand's Local Government . Local Government New Zealand,accessed June 8, 2016(Association ofLocal Governments).

Individual evidence

  1. Unitary Authorities . Environment Foundation , accessed April 27, 2017 .
  2. ^ Council Profiles by Region . In: Local Councils . Department of Internal Affairs , accessed June 8, 2016 .