Census data are available at a variety of different geographic levels, for example, Region; Territorial Authority; Area Unit and Meshblock (a small local unit of 10-100 households). Often Census data geography doesn't match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making. While individual meshblocks are small enough to be very useful, only limited data are available at this detailed level, and they need to be aggregated into higher level meaningful units.
The Community Profile provides population data for Wanganui District Council and associated suburbs/localities, aggregated from Meshblocks for the Census years: 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Wanganui District Council has 23 small areas:
- Bastia Hill - Durie Hill - Putiki
- Castlecliff North
- Castlecliff South - Balgownie
- Fordell-Kakatahi - Marybank-Gordon Park
- Gonville East
- Gonville South
- Gonville West
- Kowhai Park
- Laird Park
- Lower Aramoho
- Springvale East
- Springvale West
- St Johns Hill
- Upper Aramoho
- Wanganui Central - Spriggens Park - Cooks Gardens
- Wanganui Collegiate
- Wembley Park
- Williams Domain
The suburbs and localities in the Community Profile tables are aggregations of whole 2006-Census meshblock geography. While the meshblocks used to collect Census data in 2001 and 1996 differed a little from these, Statistics NZ have concorded the older datasets to the most current meshblock boundaries.
Suburbs and small areas are defined such that they contain a minimum of 11 meshblocks and 543 people in every Census year. This avoids any complications caused by confidentiality rules imposed by Statistics NZ. They are designed to match official suburb/locality boundaries as close as possible, and represent geographic areas which people can relate to on the ground. They have been agreed to with the local authority as representing logical communities within the area.
The small areas used in profile.id® do NOT necessarily match up to Statistics NZs “Area Unit (AU)” boundaries, though some may coincide. Some will be larger than Area Units, while others will represent a more detailed breakdown within Area Unit boundaries. Some areas may cross Area Unit boundaries.