The Waimakariri District of North Canterbury covers some 225,000 hectares, bordered by the Waimakariri River in the south, the Puketearaki Range in the west, Pegasus Bay in the east and the Hurunui District boundary to the north.

The major urban towns of the Waimakariri District are Rangiora and Kaiapoi, with Oxford, Woodend and Pegasus adding to the district’s population and services.

The population of the Waimakariri District stands at 59,300 (Statistics NZ 2017 population estimate). 

For more statistics on the Waimakariri District, take a look at the Statistics New Zealand Waimakariri QuickStats from 2013 >>

Waimakariri District Council

The Waimakariri District (WDC) mayor is David Ayers, who leads a team of 10 councillors. The WDC is located in Rangiora but Oxford and Kaiapoi also have council service centres.

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Waimakariri District Reports & Plans

The Waimakariri District Council generates a number of research and monitoring reports surrounding population, business, growth and development in the Waimakariri District. These include:

For more reports, plans and council documents, visit the Waimakariri District Council website.


Waimakariri Economic Profile

The Waimakariri Economic Profile takes an in depth look at the Waimakariri economy for 2015 including GDP and industry growth, performance of key sectors, employment, population and business growth.