Information for the ward based on Statistics New Zealand census and population data

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Population

Historic and current population

Estimated Population of Waimairi and Christchurch City, 2013-2017 (at 30 June annually)
Area 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 % change 2013-2017
Waimairi 22,600 23,000 23,300 23,500 23,800 5.3%
Christchurch City 356,700 361,900 367,800 374,900 381,500 7%
Note: The estimated resident population at 30 June 2013 differs from the 5 March 2013 census count for the following reasons: The estimate takes into account residents missed by the census (net undercount); it INCLUDES residents temporarily overseas on census night; and it takes into account population change (births, deaths and migration) between March and June of the same year.

Projected population: 2013 to 2043

  • This ward's population is projected to increase from an estimated 22,600 at 30 June 2013 to 23,600 by 30 June 2043. This is an overall increase of 4.4 percent.
  • Annual growth since 2013 has been higher than anticipated for this ward, and the estimated 2016 population (23,500) has already exceeded the projected 2018 population (22,900).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the population is projected to increase by 22 percent over the same period, from 356,700 to 436,800.
  • Expand the 'Age' topic heading below to see population projections by age.
  • View projected population data(external link), including by age, for all wards (Excel, 216KB).
Population of Waimairi and Christchurch City: Estimated (2013) and Projected (2018-2043)
Area 2013 2018 2023 2028 2033 2038 2043
Waimairi 22,600  22,900 23,100  23,300  23,400 23,500 23,600
Christchurch City  356,700  379,400  393,100  406,100  417,800  428,000  436,800
Population projections use population estimates (at 30 June 2013) as a starting point, and are an indication of future demographic change based on assumptions about future demographic behaviour. The medium series is considered by Statistics New Zealand to be the most suitable for assessing future population change.

Further information about population data

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Age

Life-cycle age groups

  • The median age in 2013 was 40.6 years for people in Waimairi ward. The median age in Christchurch City was 38.6 years.
  • This ward had a higher proportion of people aged over 40 years than for all of Christchurch City.
  • In this ward, 17% of people were aged under 15 years, 33% were aged 15-39 years, 34% were aged 40-64 years, 12% were aged 65-79 years, and 4.5% were aged 80 years and over.
Age Groups Estimates, 2013

Age Groups Estimates, 2013


Age group projections, 2013(base)-2043

  • The city's population is ageing, and this is apparent in each of the 16 wards in Christchurch.
  • The population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from 16% to 22% of Waimairi ward's total population between 2013 and 2043.
  • The population aged 0-14 years is projected to decrease from 17% to 16% of the ward's total population between 2013 and 2043.
  • View estimated and projected population data, including by age, for all wards (Excel, 216KB)
Projected Age Groups, 2013(base)-2043

Projected Age Groups, 2013(base)-2043

Cultural Diversity

Ethnic groups

  • The most common ethnic group in Waimairi ward is European, with 77 percent of the population identifying with this ethnic group in 2013. This compares with 84 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • The next most common ethnic group in Waimairi ward was Asian (19%), followed by Māori (4.8%), 'Other' (1.8%), Pacific Peoples (1.6%) and MELAA (1.2%).
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].
Ethnic Groups, 2013

Ethnic Groups, 2013

Note: Includes all people who stated each ethnic group, whether as their only ethnic group or as one of several. Where a person reported more than one ethnic group, they have been counted in each applicable group. As a result percentages do not add up to 100. MELAA = Middle Eastern, Latin American and African. The vast majority of people counted in 'Other Ethnicity' recorded ''New Zealander'' on their census form.

Birthplace

  • 29 percent of people in Waimairi ward were born overseas, compared with 22 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.
  • For people born overseas who are now living in Waimairi ward, the most common birthplace region was North-East Asia (2,088 people), compared with the United Kingdom for people born overseas in all of Christchurch City.
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].

Languages spoken

  • After English, the next most common languages spoken in Waimairi ward were Sinitic (723 people), Northern Chinese (708 people), Korean (612 people), and Yue (504 people).
  • For Christchurch City as a whole, the most common language apart from English is te reo Māori, spoken by 5,943 people (1.8 percent). This was spoken by 174 people in Waimairi ward.
  • New Zealand Sign Language is used by 0.4 percent of people in Waimairi ward, compared with 0.6 percent of people for all of Christchurch City.
  • View detailed ethnicity, birthplace and language data [Excel, 965KB].

Relationship status

Total population aged 15 years and over

  • 33 percent of people aged 15 years and over living in Waimairi ward have never married, 53 percent are married, and 14 percent are separated, divorced or widowed.
  • Regardless of legal marital status, 61 percent of this ward's adult population are currently in a relationship, compared with 58 percent for Christchurch City as a whole.