District Research, Information and Statistics

​Here you will find a range of information, research and statistical data to help you make informed decisions.

If you require information that is not here, or assistance in interpreting any of this data, please contact Council's Economic Development Manager Warren Furner.


Community profile

How well do you know the Ruapehu District? What is our population? Is our population aging or are we getting younger? Are we more or less multi-cultural than the NZ average?  Council’s new community profile tool has been developed by specialist demographics company .id (Informed Decisions) and delivers a comprehensive demographic profile of the Wanganui District based on 1996, 2001 and 2006 NZ Census data.

Ruapehu population data: profile.idnz.co.nz/ruapehu


Ruapehu Iwi and Rohe profiles 

These profiles can be used to build a powerful story about iwi and rohe characteristics and how they are changing over time. They can provide an evidence base to better allocate resources and manage assets to meet changing demands, and therefore build confidence in decision making.

Ruapehu Iwi and Rohe profiles: tpk.idnz.co.nz


Infometrics Ruapehu Annual Economic Profile

Infometrics is a privately owned and operated economic consultancy organisation. It provides economic information, research, analysis and forecasts that can assist businesses and other organisations in making their policy, planning and strategic decisions.

The Ruapehu Economic Profile provides analysis and insight on Ruapehu's economy, employment, productivity, business growth, standard of living, workforce, skills and tourism. You can also view the 2018 Annual Economic Profile report here.


Commercial accommodation monitor

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) produces a monthly analysis of overnight visitor numbers called the Commercial Accommodation Monitor. The Monitor provides the sector information about how many bed nights are occupied each month in Ruapehu. These are not broken down into the various towns and do not include private rentals. 


Ruapehu retail spending and transaction activity

Council sources a monthly report showing the breakdown of retail spending and transaction activity in Ruapehu. The report is compiled by an organisation called Marketview by combining BNZ and Paymark transaction data. It shows the value of spending and transaction activity at Ruapehu retailers in a given month with the percentage change compared over the same period last year.

The merchant store type breakdowns are; accommodation, apparel, hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants), food retailing, fuel, hardware/homeware, majors (including appliance, department stores, furniture/flooring), other retail and takeaways.

Note that there are only 12 months of the Marketview Monthly Report listed below.  If you require earlier issues, please contact Council's Economic Development Manager.

Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL)

BERL is an independent provider of economic research, analysis, advice and consultancy for the business and public sector. Council subscribes to the BERL monthly monitor report which provides analysis on the key economic issues affecting New Zealand.  

You can sign-up for free to receive the BERL monthly monitor via BERL website.

Manawatu Monthly Economic Update 

Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) issues a monthly economic update for the Manawatu Region, including the Ruapehu District.  These can be accessed via the PNCC website.



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