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Local Government in New Zealand - Local Councils


Canterbury Regional Council

Council mapOtago Region Kaikoura District Hurunui District Mackenzie District Waimate District Waitaki District Timaru District Ashburton District Selwyn _District Waimakariri District Christchurch City West Coast Region Tasman Region Marlborough Region

Phone: (03) 353 9007
Web site:

Chair: Steve Lowndes
Councillors in 2016: 12 (excluding Chair)
Council employees in 2018: 574

Key financial statistics 2018

$ (in thousands)Canterbury RegionalMedian for all REGIONAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 907,280 545,448 123,568,227
Operating Revenue 170,971 52,522 9,879,372
Operating Expenditure 173,324 55,532 10,292,961
Capital Expenditure 13,208 11,570 4,887,998
Rates Revenue 97,624 20,915 5,815,327

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 539,436
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 521,832
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)3.4%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 44,508
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)12.1
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 30,100

Census, Statistics New Zealand

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

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