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Regional New Zealand


New Zealand is made up to two main islands, a population of 4.7 million, 16 Regions each with different attributes. Over half of the 40,000 Koreans living in New Zealand choose to live in Auckland, mainly around the North Shore area. However there are also many good opportunities throughout New Zealand.


The regions are as follows:

Northland is a small-to-medium-sized economy with a prominent primary production and processing base. The region contributes 2.5% of New Zealand’s GDP and has 3.7% of New Zealand’s population.


Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.6 million, about a third of the nation’s population. Auckland accounts for 35% of the New Zealand economy and plays an important role nationally as a hub for the services sector, as a centre of innovation and knowledge, as the location for many multinational and national head offices and a key gateway for international investment and connectivity.


The Waikato region is a medium-sized economy with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing. The region contributes 9.0% of New Zealand’s GDP,
and has 9.6% of New Zealand’s population.


Bay of Plenty is a medium-sized economy with a strong primary base and an expanding manufacturing and services industry. The region accounts for 5.2% of national GDP, and 6.3% of national population.


Gisborne is a small economy underpinned by an export-focused agriculture sector. The region accounts for 0.7% of national GDP, and 1.0% of total population.


Hawke’s Bay is a small-to medium sized economy and one of New Zealand’s key horticulture and viticulture regions. The region contributes 2.8% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 3.5% of New Zealand’s population.


Taranaki has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in New Zealand. The region contributes 4% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 2.5% of the country’s population. This high GDP output is because of the oil and gas industry.


The Manawatū-Whanganui region is the second largest North Island region by land area with a diverse range of natural resources and economic activity. The region contributes 4% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 5.2% of New Zealand’s population.


Wellington has the second-largest economy in New Zealand, with economic activities ranging from public services, screen, digital and information and communication technologies (ICT), to food and tourism. The region contributes 13.2% of New Zealand’s GDP, and has 10.9% of New Zealand’s population.


Nelson is the smallest of New Zealand’s regions by land area. It serves as an urban centre and infrastructure hub for the primary production regions of Tasman and Marlborough, and a tourism centre for the many natural attractions in the area. The combined Nelson/Tasman region contributes 1.8% of New Zealand’s GDP.


Tasman is the most rural of New Zealand’s regions. It is closely linked to the more urban Nelson region. Much of its economy is based around the primary production sector, which accounts for about a quarter of the region’s total employment. The region has 1.1% of New Zealand’s population.


Marlborough has a small export-focused economy producing a range of primary and manufactured products. In 2014 Marlborough contributed 1.0% to national GDP, and 1.0% of the national population.


The West Coast is New Zealand’s most sparsely populated region with a population of 32,800 spread over 23,000 square kilometres. In 2014, the West Coast made up 0.7% of New Zealand’s GDP and 0.7% of population.


Canterbury is New Zealand’s largest region by land area, andis the most populous in the South Island with 574,300. The region produces 13.1% of New Zealand’s GDP, and has
12.7% of the country’s population.


Otago, with a population of 211,600, has a diverse economy with strengths in education, tourism, agriculture, niche manufacturing and design. Otago accounts for 4.3% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 4.7% of total population.


Southland, with a population of 96,500, is a small to medium-sized economy with a strong agricultural and manufacturing base. In 2014, it accounted for 2.4% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 2.1% of national population.