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Southland District Council

Council mapInvercargill City Gore District Southland District West Coast Region Otago Region

Phone: 0800 732 732
Web site:

Mayor: Gary Tong
Councillors in 2016: 12 (excluding Mayor)
Council employees in 2018: 146

Key financial statistics 2018

$ (in thousands)Southland DistrictMedian for all PROVINCIAL councilsNew Zealand
Public Equity 1,537,707 1,435,460 123,568,227
Operating Revenue 67,734 80,473 9,879,372
Operating Expenditure 76,049 86,697 10,292,961
Capital Expenditure 29,805 42,682 4,887,998
Rates Revenue 44,794 55,974 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 29,613
Usually resident population - 2006 Census 28,440
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)4.1%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas) - 2014 29,552
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.9)1.0
Median personal income - 2013 Census (All NZ: $28,500) 33,900

Census, Statistics New Zealand

View more QuickStats about the Southland District on the Statistics New Zealand website.

Other councils in the region

Gore District, Invercargill City, and Southland Regional.

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