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About Tauranga City

Tauranga is a growing and vibrant city of over 111,000 people.  Our population has almost doubled in the last 20 years and by 2021 it is expected to reach 141,000.

The city covers an area of 13,440 hectares.  The landscape is dominated by the volcanic cone of Mauao (Mount Maunganui), the harbour, long white beaches and the Kaimai mountain ranges to the west.

Tauranga extends from Bethlehem in the north where there are significant new developments, to the new growth areas of Pyes Pa in the west and east to Papamoa and the new developments planned for Wairakei.

We have a ten year plan projecting the Council’s capital expenditure over the next decade to be around one billion dollars.  On average, 60% of our expenditure each year is growth related.

As at 30 June 2010 we had 50,026 rateable residential and commercial properties. Revenue received from rates in the 2009/10 year was $82 million.  The total assets of the Council as at 30 June 2010 were $3.5 billion and total liabilities $397.5 million.

We have a long term Standard and Poor’s Issuer Credit Rating of A and short term of A1.

A significant number of people living in Tauranga are over 60 years of age – 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 15.4% (source: 2006 Census).  However, more and more people aged 30-45 years, with children are choosing to make Tauranga home.

Tauranga has a higher than average number of residents who identify themselves as Maori -16.1% compared to 14.7% nationally (source: 2006 Census).  There are three main iwi that most Tauranga Maori residents are affiliated to – Ngaiterangi, Ngati Rangainui and Ngati Pukenga.

Tauranga has a sub-tropical climate. The average temperature is 14.2C and the city enjoys about 2,400 hours of sunshine a year.  Average rainfall is 1,349mm.


Last Reviewed: 03/11/2016


Information about the economics and demographics of our region are in the Council Plans and Reports (which includes the annually updated "Tauranga Statistical Information Report") and are also available from Statistics New Zealand. The 2016 edition includes available counts from the 2013 Census. 

Council Plans
Council Reports
Statistics New Zealand

SmartEconomy is a continuation of SmartGrowth and the SmartGrowth strategy is a growth management strategy to ensure that as the Western Bay of Plenty grows, it will continue to be a great place to live, work and play.

Priority One a business driven action team, creating economic growth in the Bay of Plenty

  • Creating a better business environment.
  • Working with and supported by business and local government.
  • A strong regional business voice to central government. 

Priority One

Last Reviewed: 05/04/2017

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