Far North District
|• Mayor||Moko Tepania|
|• Territorial authority||Far North District Council|
|• Total||7,323.86 km2 (2,827.76 sq mi)|
|• Land||6,686.67 km2 (2,581.74 sq mi)|
|• Density||10/km2 (26/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+12 (NZST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+13 (NZDT)|
The Far North District is the northernmost territorial authority district of New Zealand, consisting of the northern part of the Northland Peninsula in the North Island. It stretches from North Cape / Otou and Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua in the north, down to the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga and the town of Kaikohe.
The Far North District Council is based in Kaikohe, and has nine ward councillors representing three wards: Te Hiku (in the north), Kaikohe/Hokianga (in the west), Bay of Islands/Whangaroa (in the east). The council is led by the current mayor of Far North, Moko Tepania, who entered the role in 2022.
The Far North District is the largest of three territorial authorities making up the Northland Region. The district stretches from the capes and bays at the northern tip of the Aupōuri Peninsula past Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe / Ninety Mile Beach to the main body of the Northland Peninsula, where it encompasses the Parengarenga Harbour, Whangaroa Harbour and Bay of Islands (on the east coast) and Hokianga (on the west coast).
Far North District had a population of 65,250 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 9,516 people (17.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 9,405 people (16.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 32,595 males and 32,655 females living in 22,761 households. The median age was 43.2 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 14,079 people (21.6%) aged under 15 years, 10,353 (15.9%) aged 15 to 29, 28,191 (43.2%) aged 30 to 64, and 12,624 (19.3%) aged 65 or older.
Ethnicities were 64.2% European/Pākehā, 48.3% Māori, 4.8% Pacific peoples, 3.0% Asian, and 1.5% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.
The percentage of people born overseas was 14.8, compared with 27.1% nationally.
Although some people objected to giving their religion, 45.6% had no religion, 37.7% were Christian, 6.3% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.5% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.5% were Buddhist and 1.5% had other religions.
Of those at least 15 years old, 6,771 (13.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 10,965 (21.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $22,600, compared with $31,800 nationally. 4,581 people (9.0%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 20,163 (39.4%) people were employed full-time, 7,824 (15.3%) were part-time, and 3,387 (6.6%) were unemployed.
|Name||Area (km2)||Population||Density (per km2)||Households||Median age||Median income|
|Te Hiku Ward||2,321.57||20,310||8.75||7,029||42.3 years||$21,600|
|Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Ward||2,062.59||30,009||14.55||10,899||45.7 years||$25,400|
|Kaikohe-Hokianga Ward||2,295.56||14,931||6.50||4,833||37.7 years||$19,100|
|New Zealand||37.4 years||$31,800|
Urban areas and settlements
The Far North District has eight towns with a population over 1,000. Together they are home to 37.0% of the district's population.
|% of district|
The northernmost town in the district is Kaitaia. Kerikeri, Moerewa, Kawakawa, Paihia, Opua and Russell are clustered on the east coast around the Bay of Islands with Kaikohe centrally situated to their west. Another cluster of small settlements, Ōmāpere, Opononi, Rawene, Panguru, Kohukohu, and Horeke, surrounds the Hokianga Harbour on the west coast.
- "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)
- "About Far North District Council". fndc.govt.nz. Far North District Council.
- de Graaf, Peter (14 October 2022). "Moko Tepania makes history as Far North's new mayor". The Northern Advocate. New Zealand Herald.
- "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
- "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Far North District (001). 2018 Census place summary: Far North District