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Southland Catchment Profile

On 1 May 2010 the Southland and Otago District Health Boards merged to form the Southern District Health Board, servicing a population of over 304,000 located south of the Waitaki River. The Future Directions Network, which covers Southland and immediately neighbouring areas, is one of four networks that together service the whole of the Southern District.

The Southland catchment a population of approximately 96,000 (2013 Census). The gender is evenly split 50-50 and the median age is 39.6 . Like the rest of New Zealand, Southland has an aging population. 89.0% of the population identify themselves as European (NZ 74.0%), 13.0% as Maori (NZ 14.9%), 3.2% as Asian (NZ 11.8%) and 2.1% as Pacific Peoples (NZ 7.4%).

The Southland catchment is geographically large covering an area of 34,3487 km2. The population is evenly split between urban and rural settings. The main centres include Invercargill, Gore, Mataura, Winton, Bluff, Riverton and Te Anau.

Of the 96,000 people that live in the Southland catchment the distribution is as follows:

  • Invercargill City


53,200 (55%)

  • Southland District


30,300 (32%)

  • Gore District


12,400 (13%)

Population Trends 2001-2006:

  • The population that the Southern DHB - Southland services has increased from a 2001 census total of 103,000 to a figure in 2006 of 107,000 (+3.9%)
  • Since 2001 Invercargill’s population has increased by 495 (+1.0%)
  • Since 2001 the Gore Districts population has decreased by 351 (-2.8%)
  • Since 2001 the Southland District’s population has decreased by 276 (-1.0%)
  • Since 2001 the Queenstown Lakes District population has risen the fastest of any in New Zealand (+29.2%)

Southland Iwi:


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