Auckland Region

The Auckland Region (Māori: Tāmaki-makau-rau) is one of the sixteen regions of New Zealand, named for the city of Auckland, the country's largest urban area. The region encompasses the Auckland metropolitan area, smaller towns, rural areas, and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Containing 33 percent of the nation's residents,[1] it has by far the largest population and economy of any region of New Zealand, but the second-smallest land area.

Auckland Region
Country New Zealand
Regional council
Name:Auckland Council
Mayor:Phil Goff
Population:1,618,400 (June 2018)[1]
Land area:4,894 km2 (1,890 sq mi)[2]
HDI: 0.935[3] very high · 2nd
Website:AucklandCouncil.govt.nz
Cities and towns

On 1 November 2010, the Auckland Region became a unitary authority administered by the Auckland Council, replacing the previous regional council and seven local councils. In the process, an area in its southeastern corner was transferred to the neighbouring Waikato Region.

Geography

On the mainland, the region extends from the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour in the north across the southern stretches of the Northland Peninsula, past the Waitakere Ranges and the isthmus of Auckland and across the low-lying land surrounding the Manukau Harbour. The region ends within a few kilometres of the mouth of the Waikato River.[4] It is bordered in the north by the Northland Region, and in the south by the Waikato Region. It also includes the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.

The Hunua Ranges and the adjacent coastline along the Firth of Thames were part of the region until the Auckland Council was formed in late 2010, when they were transferred to the neighbouring Waikato Region.

In land area it is smaller than all the other regions and unitary authorities except Nelson. Its highest point is the summit of Little Barrier Island, at 722 metres.

The main towns (other than the city) are Wellsford, Warkworth and Helensville to the north, and Clevedon, Pukekohe and Waiuku to the south.[5]

See also

References

  1. "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. "Auckland Council Draft Annual Plan 2011/2012 - Volume 1: Our Region" (PDF). Auckland Council. p. 2. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. McClure, Margaret (6 December 2007). "Auckland region - Landforms'". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. McClure, Margaret (5 August 2016). "Auckland region - Overview". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
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