The Rangitikei District is a territorial authority district located primarily in the Manawatū-Whanganui region in the North Island of New Zealand, although a small part, the town of Ngamahanga (13.63% by land area), lies in the Hawke's Bay Region. It is located in the southwest of the island, and follows the catchment area of the Rangitīkei River.

Rangitikei District
Rangitikei District Council offices in Marton
Coordinates: 39°47′10″S 175°38′13″E / 39.786°S 175.637°E / -39.786; 175.637
CountryNew Zealand
RegionManawatū-Whanganui
WardsNorthern
Central
Southern
Formed1989
SeatMarton
Government
 • MayorAndy Watson[1]
 • Deputy MayorNigel Belsham
 • Territorial authorityRangitikei District Council
 • MPsSuze Redmayne (National)
Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (Te Pāti Māori)
Area
 • Land4,483.91 km2 (1,731.25 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2023)[3]
 • Total16,300
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
Websitewww.rangitikei.govt.nz Edit this at Wikidata

The Rangitikei District Council is the local government authority for this district. It is composed of a mayor, currently Andy Watson, and 11 councillors, one of whom is the deputy mayor.

History edit

The Rangitikei District was established in 1989 as part of the 1989 local government reforms.[4]

Government and politics edit

Local government edit

The current Mayor of Rangitikei is Andy Watson, elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2016[5] and 2019.[6] Watson was first elected in 2013 by obtaining 1,983 votes (41.5%) of the vote and a majority of 486 (10.2%) beating incumbent mayor Chalky Leary.[7]

Rangitikei District Council is served by eleven councillors elected across five wards. Two councillors are elected from the Bulls ward, one from the Hunterville ward, four from the Marton ward, three from the Taihape ward and one from the Turakina board.[8]

Regional government edit

Rangitikei District is one of ten districts located partially or entirely within the Manawatū-Whanganui region. As such, it is represented on the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council, known as Horizons Regional Council. Two of the twelve regional councillors are elected by the district in the Manawatu - Rangitikei ward; the two regional councillors elected in the 2016 elections are Bruce Gordon and Gordon McKellar.[9]

National government edit

Rangitikei is located in the general electorate of Rangitīkei and in the Māori electorate of Te Tai Hauāuru.[10] Rangitīkei has been a safe National Party seat since the 1938 election with the exception of 1978–1984 when it was held by Bruce Beetham of the Social Credit Party. Since 2023 it is held by Suze Redmayne.[11]

Te Tai Hauāuru is a more volatile seat, having been held by three different parties since 1996, i.e. New Zealand First, Te Pāti Māori and the Labour Party.[12] Since 2023, it has been held by Debbie Ngarewa-Packer of Te Pāti Māori.[13]

Geography edit

 
Rangitīkei River at Mangaweka

Located north of Wellington, the district stretches from the South Taranaki Bight toward the North Island Volcanic Plateau, forming a trapezium-shaped block that includes the towns of Taihape, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, and Mangaweka. The district has a land area of 4,483.91 km².[2]

Climate edit

Rangitikei's climate is temperate and has few extremes compared to many parts of New Zealand. According to the Köppen climate classification, this climate is classified as oceanic climate (Cfb). Summers are warm, with average temperatures in the low 20s. The most settled weather occurs in summer and early autumn. Winters are mild near the coast and on the plains; it is colder inland and in the hill country, but often frosty, clear and calm. Snowfall occasionally settles in areas 400 m above sea level, such as Taihape. Annual rainfall is moderate, and annual hours of bright sunshine can average over 2,000.[14]

Climate data for Marton
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 22.1
(71.8)
22.5
(72.5)
20.7
(69.3)
18.1
(64.6)
15.1
(59.2)
12.8
(55.0)
12.1
(53.8)
12.9
(55.2)
14.5
(58.1)
16.4
(61.5)
18.3
(64.9)
20.3
(68.5)
17.2
(63.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.4
(63.3)
17.7
(63.9)
16.1
(61.0)
13.7
(56.7)
11.0
(51.8)
8.9
(48.0)
8.2
(46.8)
8.9
(48.0)
10.5
(50.9)
12.3
(54.1)
14.0
(57.2)
15.9
(60.6)
12.9
(55.2)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 12.8
(55.0)
12.9
(55.2)
11.6
(52.9)
9.3
(48.7)
7.0
(44.6)
5.1
(41.2)
4.3
(39.7)
4.9
(40.8)
6.6
(43.9)
8.2
(46.8)
9.8
(49.6)
11.6
(52.9)
8.7
(47.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 79.7
(3.14)
65.2
(2.57)
80.4
(3.17)
73.0
(2.87)
92.3
(3.63)
98.9
(3.89)
97.2
(3.83)
85.1
(3.35)
80.9
(3.19)
93.2
(3.67)
79.0
(3.11)
92.0
(3.62)
1,016.9
(40.04)
Source 1: Climate-charts.com[15]
Source 2: Climate-data.org[16]
Climate data for Taihape
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 21.6
(70.9)
21.8
(71.2)
19.8
(67.6)
16.9
(62.4)
13.7
(56.7)
11.2
(52.2)
10.5
(50.9)
11.4
(52.5)
13.3
(55.9)
15.5
(59.9)
17.6
(63.7)
19.8
(67.6)
16.1
(61.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) 16.4
(61.5)
16.6
(61.9)
14.9
(58.8)
12.2
(54.0)
9.4
(48.9)
7.2
(45.0)
6.4
(43.5)
7.3
(45.1)
9.1
(48.4)
11.0
(51.8)
12.8
(55.0)
14.9
(58.8)
11.5
(52.7)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 11.3
(52.3)
11.4
(52.5)
10.1
(50.2)
7.6
(45.7)
5.2
(41.4)
3.3
(37.9)
2.4
(36.3)
3.2
(37.8)
4.9
(40.8)
6.6
(43.9)
8.1
(46.6)
10.0
(50.0)
7.0
(44.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 78
(3.1)
59
(2.3)
77
(3.0)
64
(2.5)
88
(3.5)
88
(3.5)
90
(3.5)
78
(3.1)
80
(3.1)
79
(3.1)
72
(2.8)
100
(3.9)
953
(37.5)
Source: Climate-data.org[17]

Demographics edit

Rangitikei District covers 4,483.91 km2 (1,731.25 sq mi)[2] and had an estimated population of 16,300 as of June 2023,[3] with a population density of 3.6 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1986 17,694—    
1991 16,676−1.18%
1996 16,531−0.17%
2001 15,102−1.79%
2006 14,712−0.52%
2013 14,019−0.69%
2018 15,027+1.40%
Source: [18][19][20]

Rangitikei District had a population of 15,027 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,008 people (7.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 315 people (2.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 5,721 households, comprising 7,554 males and 7,473 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.01 males per female. The median age was 41.4 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 3,135 people (20.9%) aged under 15 years, 2,586 (17.2%) aged 15 to 29, 6,492 (43.2%) aged 30 to 64, and 2,814 (18.7%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 79.2% European/Pākehā, 26.2% Māori, 5.6% Pacific peoples, 2.1% Asian, and 1.7% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 12.1, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 46.1% had no religion, 38.5% were Christian, 4.9% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.2% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.2% were Buddhist and 1.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,365 (11.5%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 2,964 (24.9%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $27,200, compared with $31,800 nationally. 1,242 people (10.4%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 5,742 (48.3%) people were employed full-time, 1,884 (15.8%) were part-time, and 417 (3.5%) were unemployed.[20]

Individual wards (2018 boundaries)
Name Area (km2) Population Density (per km2) Households Median age Median income
Taihape Ward[a] 3,091.56 3,456 1.12 1,347 40.6 years $30,000
Hunterville Ward[b] 650.39 1,293 1.99 522 43.1 years $27,200
Bulls Ward[c] 272.65 2,790 10.23 1,011 34.2 years $32,500
Marton Ward[d] 206.15 6,255 30.34 2,415 45.0 years $24,200
Turakina Ward[e] 262.98 1,230 4.68 429 41.6 years $27,900
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800
  1. ^ Now part of the Northern Ward
  2. ^ Now split between the Northern and Central wards
  3. ^ Now part of the Southern Ward
  4. ^ Now part of the Central Ward
  5. ^ Now split between the Southern and Central wards

Transport edit

Roads edit

State Highway 1   goes through Bulls. The North Island portion of this national state highway, one of only eight in New Zealand, begins at Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua and ends at Wellington International Airport—passing through Bulls at 925 km.

State Highway 3   passes through Bulls. This highway connects Woodville (25 km east of Palmerston North) and Hamilton via New Plymouth.

State Highway 54   connects Palmerston North and SH 1 at Vinegar Hill via Feilding.

Public transport edit

InterCity runs five daily and three non-daily bus services in Marton and Bulls. These include WhanganuiWellington, Palmerston North–Auckland, Tauranga–Wellington, Wellington–New Plymouth and Auckland–Palmerston North.[21]

Marton used to be serviced by the North Island Main Trunk (or Overlander), a railway line connecting Auckland and Wellington. However, in 2012 the Overlander was replaced by the Northern Explorer, which has fewer stops and does not stop in Marton.

The nearest airports to the district are Whanganui Airport, located 37 km west (of Marton), and Palmerston North Airport, located 44 km southeast. Both airports are domestic only.

Education edit

Secondary schools

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Zaryd Wilson (12 October 2013). "Former Rangitikei mayor 'riding into sunset'". Stuff. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Subnational population estimates (RC, SA2), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2023 (2023 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2023. (regional councils); "Subnational population estimates (TA, SA2), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2023 (2023 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2023. (territorial authorities); "Subnational population estimates (urban rural), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2023 (2023 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 25 October 2023. (urban areas)
  4. ^ Derby, Mark (13 July 2012). "Local and regional government - Reforming local government". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  5. ^ Wallis, Anna (14 October 2013). "Watson wins Rangitikei chain". Whanganui Chroniclenzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Mayor Andy Watson elected unopposed for a further term". Rangitīkei District Council. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Rangitikei District Council – 2013 Triennial Elections" (PDF). Electionz.com. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Councillors". Rangitikei District Council. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Council". Horizons Regional Council. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Find my Electorate". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Suze Redmayne". New Zealand Parliament. 17 May 2024. Retrieved 21 May 2024.
  12. ^ "Te Tai Hauāuru Electorate Profile". New Zealand Parliament. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Debbie Ngarewa-Packer". New Zealand Parliament. 27 March 2024. Retrieved 21 May 2024.
  14. ^ "Weather & Climate". Rangitikei District Council. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Marton Ross St., New Zealand". Climate-charts.com. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Climate: Marton". Climate-data.org. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Climate: Taihape". Climate-data.org. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  18. ^ "2013 Census tables about a place: Rangitikei District". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  19. ^ "1996 Census of Population and Dwellings – Census Night Population". Statistics New Zealand. 28 February 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Rangitikei District (038). 2018 Census place summary: Rangitikei District
  21. ^ "Marton – Bus Timetable". InterCity. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  22. ^ Wilkie, Kelsey (26 November 2015). "Turakina Maori Girls' College closed due to multiple failures, minister says". Stuff. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  23. ^ Wilkie, Kelsey (25 November 2015). "Turakina Maori Girls' College 'devastated' over school closure". Stuff. Retrieved 1 February 2016.

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