Hurunui District

Hurunui District is a political district on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, north of Christchurch, New Zealand. It forms part of the Canterbury region and stretches from the east coast to the main divide. Its land area is 8,660.43 square kilometres (3,343.81 sq mi).

Hurunui District
Location of the Hurunui District within the South Island
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictHurunui District Council
Hanmer Springs
  MayorMarie Black
  Total8,660.43 km2 (3,343.81 sq mi)
 (June 2018)[1]
  Density1.5/km2 (3.9/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteHurunui District Council


The district had a usually resident population of 12,950 as of June 2018.[1] It also shares with the Waitaki District with the distinction of having the least number of non-European populations anywhere in New Zealand in both raw numbers and proportion, with over 95% of population recorded in the 2006 census as "European" or "New Zealanders" (which could be interpreted as mostly European according to anecdotal evidence). Local populations could even recognise the identities of every local Maori or Asian recorded in the census.[2]

Local government

During the period, 1853 to 1876, the area north of the Hurunui River was administered as part of the Nelson Province. After the abolition of the provinces in 1876 the Amuri and Cheviot counties were formed. In 1989, these counties were merged with the Ashley and Waipara counties to form the present district. The current district mayor is Winton Dalley, who was elected in 2010 upon the retirement of previous mayor Gary Jackson and reelected in the 2013 local government election after running unopposed.[3]

Populated places

Hurunui District consists of the following towns, localities, settlements and communities:


a - formerly known as Cheviot Ward prior to 2019
b - formerly known as Glenmark Ward prior to 2019
c - formerly known as Amuri-Hurunui Ward prior to 2019
d - formerly known as Hanmer Springs Ward prior to 2019
e - formerly known as Amberley Ward prior to 2019
1 - seat of district government
2 - thermal/alpine resort


  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. "Our whitest region". New Zealand Herald. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  3. "Election Results: Around the country". New Zealand Herald. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2016.

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