Population of Wairarapa DHB

Wairarapa District Health Board serves a population of 44,905 people (2018/19 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, 2018/19

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

  DHB population National population
Population by age, 2018/19
00–09 12.5% 12.8%
10–19 12.5% 12.8%
20–29 10.2% 15.1%
30–39 9.8% 12.9%
40–49 11.9% 12.4%
50–59 14.1% 12.8%
60–69 14.0% 10.5%
70–79 10.0% 7.0%
80–89 4.2% 3.0%
90+ 0.8% 0.6%

Ethnic mix, 2018/19

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, 2018/19
Other 80.3% 77.8%
Māori 17.6% 15.7%
Pacific 2.0% 6.5%

Deprivation, 2018/19

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, 7,000 people are in quintile 1 (the least deprived). 9,000 are in quintile 2. 8,000 are in quintile 3. 12,000 are in quintile 4. And 9,000 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.

More information

Contact Wairarapa DHB

If you have questions, email hospital@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz.

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