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South WairarapaCommunity profile

South Wairarapa District

Industry sector of employment

More South Wairarapa District residents worked in agriculture, forestry and fishing in 2018 than any other industry.

South Wairarapa District’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Industry sector of employment
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing97517.21.796320.11.8+12
Electricity, gas, water and waste services390.70.9240.50.8+15
Wholesale trade1532.73.21473.13.4+6
Retail trade4628.18.23607.58.7+102
Accommodation and food services4868.66.63427.15.6+144
Transport, postal and warehousing1683.03.51473.13.6+21
Information media and telecommunications901.62.7751.62.9+15
Financial and insurance services1142.04.11412.95.3-27
Rental, hiring and real estate services871.51.6841.81.9+3
Professional, scientific and technical services5529.713.43337.012.3+219
Administrative and support services1652.94.4962.03.5+69
Public administration and safety5199.112.93126.511.5+207
Education and training3456.18.33006.38.6+45
Health care and social assistance3936.99.43517.39.3+42
Arts and recreation services751.32.2871.82.3-12
Other services1953.43.81503.13.9+45
Not elsewhere included------2014.23.1--
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not elsewhere included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in South Wairarapa District in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (975 people or 17.2%)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (552 people or 9.7%)
  • Public administration and safety (519 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 2,046 people in total or 36.0% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Wellington Region employed 1.7% in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 13.4% in Professional, scientific and technical services; and 12.9% in Public administration and safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of South Wairarapa District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (17.2% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (9.1% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (9.7% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (6.9% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in South Wairarapa District increased by 894 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in South Wairarapa District were for those employed in:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+219 persons)
  • Public administration and safety (+207 persons)
  • Accommodation and food services (+144 persons)
  • Construction (+123 persons)

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