Population of Wairarapa DHB

Wairarapa District Health Board serves a population of 48,480 people (2020/21 projection).

  • Wairarapa’s population tends to be significantly older than the national average.
  • Wairarapa has a similar proportion of Māori and a much lower proportion of Pacific people in comparison to the national average.
  • Wairarapa has a slightly higher proportion of people in the more deprived sections of the population, and fewer in the least deprived sections.

Population by age, 2020/21

Wairarapa’s population tends to be significantly older than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2020/21
00–09 12.1% 12.6%
10–19 12.3% 13.0%
20–29 9.3% 13.9%
30–39 10.3% 13.6%
40–49 11.7% 12.3%
50–59 14.1% 12.7%
60–69 14.2% 10.8%
70–79 10.9% 7.3%
80–89 4.3% 3.2%
90+ 0.9% 0.7%

Ethnic mix, 2020/21

Wairarapa has a similar proportion of Māori and a much lower proportion of Pacific people than the national average.

  DHB population National population
Population by ethnicity, 2020/21
Other 79.7% 76.7%
Māori 18.3% 16.6%
Pacific 2.1% 6.7%

Deprivation, 2020/21

Wairarapa has a slightly higher proportion of people in the more deprived sections of the population, and fewer in the least deprived sections.

For Wairarapa DHB, around 7,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). Around 10,000 are in quintile 2. Around 8,000 are in quintile 3. Around 13,000 are in quintile 4. And around 10,000 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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