Population of Tairawhiti DHB

Tairawhiti District Health Board serves a population of 49,050 people (2018/19 projection).

  • Tairawhiti’s population tends to have more people in the 0–19 age group than the national average.
  • Tairawhiti has a very large proportion of Māori and small proportion of Pacific people living there compared to the national average.
  • Tairawhiti has a very high proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population.

Population by age, 2018/19

Tairawhiti’s population tends to have more people in the 0–19 age group than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 15.8% 12.8%
10–19 15.2% 12.8%
20–29 11.9% 15.1%
30–39 11.1% 12.9%
40–49 11.7% 12.4%
50–59 12.5% 12.8%
60–69 11.6% 10.5%
70–79 7.0% 7.0%
80–89 2.8% 3.0%
90+ 0.4% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

Tairawhiti has a very large proportion of Māori and small proportion of Pacific people living there compared to the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2016/17
Other 47.1% 77.8%
Māori 50.3% 15.7%
Pacific 2.6% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

Tairawhiti has a very high proportion of people in the most deprived section of the population.

For Tairawhiti DHB, 5,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 5,000 are in quintile 2. 6,000 are in quintile 3. 10,000 are in quintile 4. And 24,000 are in quintile 5 (the most deprived).

Deprivation is reported in ‘quintiles’. Quintile 1 represents the least deprived section of the population while quintile 5 represents the most deprived section.

Nationally, each quintile represents 20% of the population. The percentages in each quintile will vary for each DHB.

  • If a DHB has more than 20% of people within a quintile, it means there are more people in that deprivation group than the national average.
  • If it has less than 20% of people within a quintile, it means there are fewer people in that deprivation group than the national average.

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