This page provides demographics of the Tasman District, which covers 9,786 square kilometres at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, and its people.

Regional statistics

Statistics for Individual Areas

  • View Quick Stats About Tasman on  the Statistics NZ website.
  • Once you have selected an area you can then view the different subjects (Qualifications, Income, etc.) for that area using the ‘View all sections +’ link.

Projected Growth of Settlement Areas – Census 2013

Tasman District has been facing moderate levels of population growth over recent years. This population growth, along with other factors, has stimulated economic growth in the District.

The Council anticipates that population growth will continue to occur in most parts of the District. The Council considers that population growth and sustainable economic growth are desirable, and we are planning infrastructure and community facilities to meet the expected demand for growth.

Why Does Growth Matter?

The number of people in the District and where they choose to live, and the growth in the economic activity all directly affect the demand for land available for development, infrastructure and the other services the Councilprovides. Population and employment growth figures are, therefore, critical indicators of demand. They underpin our land use planning, infrastructure developments, where and when new services or facilities are required, and how much things will cost.

Growth Modelling

The Council considers the three-yearly growth modelling work for each Long Term Plan is robust.

Our growth modelling exercise estimates the demand for land for housing and businesses (industrial, commercial and retail). It also estimates the associated demand for services created from the projected increase in population and in demand for holiday homes, business and industrial uses. We then look at how to supply that demand over at least the next 20 years. The most recent growth model reviews have used statistics from the 2013 Census.