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Whangarei District Council

Industry sector of employment

More Whangarei District Council residents worked in health care and social assistance in 2018 than any other industry.

Whangarei District Council’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
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing3,0217.15.92,5838.06.5+438
Electricity, gas, water and waste services4651.10.73091.00.7+156
Wholesale trade1,3953.34.91,1643.64.8+231
Retail trade4,0479.59.03,1179.69.4+930
Accommodation and food services2,3135.46.51,5004.65.6+813
Transport, postal and warehousing1,8604.34.31,3114.14.1+549
Information media and telecommunications2430.61.62790.91.8-36
Financial and insurance services6331.52.76572.03.4-24
Rental, hiring and real estate services8101.92.08312.62.5-21
Professional, scientific and technical services3,0487.19.92,0436.38.4+1,005
Administrative and support services1,5933.74.69452.93.3+648
Public administration and safety2,5355.95.41,4794.64.9+1,056
Education and training3,4388.08.12,6648.28.0+774
Health care and social assistance5,96413.99.54,50313.99.6+1,461
Arts and recreation services6331.51.84891.51.8+144
Other services1,7734.13.91,2723.93.9+501
Not elsewhere included------1,4134.44.0--
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

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 Whangarei District Council in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Health care and social assistance (5,964 people or 13.9%)
  • Construction (4,596 people or 10.7%)
  • Manufacturing (4,305 people or 10.1%)

In combination these three industries employed 14,865 people in total or 34.8% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, New Zealand employed 9.5% in Health care and social assistance; 9.2% in Construction; and 9.8% in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Whangarei District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (13.9% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in construction (10.7% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (7.1% compared to 9.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in wholesale trade (3.3% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Whangarei District Council increased by 10,443 between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Construction (+1,848 persons)
  • Health care and social assistance (+1,461 persons)
  • Manufacturing (+1,359 persons)
  • Public administration and safety (+1,056 persons)

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