Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
Wellington recorded New Zealand’s second highest per capita increase in gross domestic product in the year ended in March last year.
Its GDP per capita increase of $57,941 was second only to Taranaki which recorded $74,341. Third was Southland ($52,701). Gisborne had the lowest GDP per capita ($34,472). The national average was $47,532.
“The high average figure for Taranaki is largely due to the contribution of oil and gas operations and to a lesser extent dairy farming,” said regional economic statistics manager Peter Gardiner.
Auckland and Canterbury had the largest (nominal value) increases in gross domestic product by region in the same year, with Wellington and Otago equal in third place.
Regional GDP figures showed the largest increases were in Canterbury (6.0 percent), Auckland (3.3 percent), Wellington (1.5 percent), and Otago (1.5 percent). The national increase was 2.0 percent.
Decreases were recorded in eight of 15 regions as a result of fluctuations in commodity prices and the 2012/13 drought, which was the worst since 1946. The West Coast, Hawke’s Bay, and Gisborne showed the largest decreases.
Canterbury’s increase was led by the Christchurch rebuild with the construction industry the leading contributor.
New Zealand’s total GDP was $211.6 billion in the year ended March 2013. The North Island contributed 76.7 percent to New Zealand’s GDP, compared with 23.3 percent from the South Island.
Auckland’s contribution to national GDP in the year ended March 2013 was 35.3 percent. Wellington contributed 13.5 percent with Canterbury narrowly behind at 13.2 percent. The smallest contribution was from the West Coast (0.7 percent).
New Zealand’s regional economies 2013 visually presents the key measures of the 15 regional economies.
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