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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils


Otago Regional Council

Council mapQueenstown-Lakes District Central Otago District Clutha District Waitaki District Dunedin City Canterbury Region Southland Region West Coast Region

Phone: (03) 474 0827
Web site:

Chair: Stephen Woodhead
Councillors in 2016: 11 (excluding Chair)
Council employees in 2018: 177

Key financial statistics 2017

$ (in thousands)Otago RegionalMedian for all REGIONAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 592,927 530,260 118,835,141
Operating Revenue 40,138 45,295 9,412,132
Operating Expenditure 41,885 48,226 9,851,504
Capital Expenditure 4,564 5,455 4,310,621
Rates Revenue 15,962 20,519 5,531,730

Source: Local Authority Financial Statistics, Statistics New Zealand

The financial profile pages for this council contains more detailed information.

The Council's current long-term plan and annual report may be available from its website:

Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census 202,470
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 193,800
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)4.5%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 31,209
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)6.5
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 26,300

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about the Otago Region on the Statistics New Zealand website.

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