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Geographic area files

This page contains area files for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 geographic areas, and 2006 Census areas.

Area files are text files that classify meshblocks into larger geographic areas, such as statistical area 2s, territorial authorities, and regional councils. You can use the area files, which are also known as concordance files, to map the types of digital boundaries (see Examples of geographic boundary layers) within the geographic hierarchy, to see how the various geographic boundaries link together.

For each meshblock, there is a series of codes that link to any meshblock-defined geographic area. All areas are set as at 1 January of the specified year. Concordance files are available from different years, to enable data for the same area classification to be compared over time. A concordance file is useful to geographic information system (GIS) users.

The files available below can be used in conjunction with the geographic boundary files available on Stats NZ's Geographic Data Service. For older files refer to Geographic boundary files. 

2018 geographic areas

Download 2018 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 854kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2018 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2018 annual areas file Column heading Field size  Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2017 code MB2017_code 7 4000023
Meshblock 2018 code  MB2018_code  7 4000023 
Statistical area 1 2018 code SA12018_code 7 7016339
Statistical area 2 2018 code SA22018_code 6 213200
Statistical area 2 2018 descriptor SA22018_name 254 Taradale South
Urban rural 2018 code UR2018_code 4 1296
Urban rural 2018 descriptor  UR2018_name  254 Napier
Urban rural indicator 2018 code IUR2018_code  2 12 
Urban rural indicator 2018 descriptor IUR2018_name  254 Large urban area 
Territorial authority 2018 code TA2018_code 3 031
Territorial authority 2018 descriptor TA2018_label 254 Napier city
Ward 2018 code WARD2018_code 5 03104
Ward 2018 descriptor WARD2018_label 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2018 code CB2018_code 5  03199
Community board 2018 descriptor CB2018_label 254 Area outside community
Subdivision 2018 code  TASUB2018_code 03199 
Subdivision 2018 descriptor  TASUB2018_label  254  Area outside subdivision 
Regional council 2018 code REGC2018_code 2 06
Regional council 2018 descriptor REGC2018_label 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2018 code CON2018_code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2018 descriptor CON2018_label 254 Napier constituency
Māori constituency 2018 code MCON2018_code 4 0699
Māori constituency 2018 descriptor MCON2018_label 254 Area outside Māori constituency
General electoral district 2014 code GED2014_code 3 029
General electoral district 2014 descriptor GED2014_label 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2014 code MED2014_code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2014 descriptor MED2014_label 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board 2015 code DHB2015_code 2 10
District health board 2015 descriptor DHB2015_label 254 Hawke's Bay
District health board constituency 2015 code DHBCON2015_code 4 1099
District health board constituency 2015 descriptor DHBCON2015_label 254 Area outside district health board constituency
Health domicile 2013 code HDOM2013_code 4 1472
Territorial authority 2010 code TA2010_code  005 
Territorial authority 2010 descriptor  TA2010_label  254  North Shore district 
Area unit 2013 code  AU2013_code  547200 
Area unit 2013 descriptor  AU2013_name  254  Taradale North 
Area unit 2017 code  AU2017_code  547300
Area unit 2017 descriptor  AU2017_name  254  Taradale South 
Urban area 2017 code  UA2017_code  021 
Urban area 2017 descriptor  UA2017_label  254  Napier Zone 

2017 geographic areas

Download 2017 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 452kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2017 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2017 annual areas file Column heading Field size  Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2016 code MB2016_code 7 4000023
Meshblock 2017 code  MB2017_code  7 4000023 
Area unit 2013 code  AU2013_code  547200 
Area unit 2013 descriptor  AU2013_label  254  Taradale North 
Area unit 2017 code AU2017_code 6 547300
Area unit 2017 descriptor AU2017_label 254 Taradale South
Urban area 2017 code UA2017_code 3 012
Urban area 2017 descriptor UA2017_label 254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2010 code TA2010_code 3 005
Territorial authority 2010 descriptor TA2010_label 254 North Shore district
Territorial authority 2017 code TA2017_code 3 031
Territorial authority 2017 descriptor TA2017_label 254 Napier city
Ward 2017 code WARD2017_code 5 03104
Ward 2017 descriptor WARD2017_label 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2017 code CB2017_code 5  03199
Community board 2017 descriptor CB2017_label 254 Area outside community
Subdivision 2017 code  TASUB2017_code 03199 
Subdivision 2017 descriptor  TASUB2017_label  254  Area outside subdivision 
Regional council 2017 code REGC2017_code 2 06
Regional council 2017 descriptor REGC2017_label 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2017 code CON2017_code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2017 descriptor CON2017_label 254 Napier constituency
Māori constituency 2017 code MCON2017_code 4 0699
Māori constituency 2017 descriptor MCON2017_label 254 Area outside Māori constituency
General electoral district 2014 code GED2014_code 3 029
General electoral district 2014 descriptor GED2014_label 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2014 code MED2014_code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2014 descriptor MED2014_label 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board 2015 code DHB2015_code 2 10
District health board 2015 descriptor DHB2015_label 254 Hawke's Bay
District health board constituency 2015 code DHBCON2015_code 4 1099
District health board constituency 2015 descriptor DHBCON2015_label 254 Area outside district health board constituency
Health domicile 2013 code HDOM2013_code 4 1472

2016 geographic areas

Download 2016 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 403kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2016 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2016 annual areas file Column heading Field size  Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2015 code MB2015_code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2016 code MB2016_code 7 4000023
Area unit 2016 code AU2016_code 6 547300
Area unit 2016 descriptor AU2016_label 254 Taradale South
Urban area 2016 code UA2016_code 3 012
Urban area 2016 descriptor UA2016_label 254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2010 code TA2010_code 3 005
Territorial authority 2010 descriptor TA2010_label 254 North Shore district
Territorial authority 2016 code TA2016_code 3 031
Territorial authority 2016 descriptor TA2016_label 254 Napier city
Ward 2016 code WARD2016_code 5 03104
Ward 2016 descriptor WARD2016_label 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2016 code CB2016_code 5  03199
Community board 2016 descriptor CB2016_label 254 Area outside community
Regional council 2016 code REGC2016_code 2 06
Regional council 2016 descriptor REGC2016_label 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2016 code CON2016_code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2016 descriptor CON2016_label 254 Napier constituency
Māori constituency 2016 code MCON2016_code 4 0699
Māori constituency 2016 descriptor MCON2016_label 254 Area outside Māori constituency
General electoral district 2014 code GED2014_code 3 029
General electoral district 2014 descriptor GED2014_label 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2014 code MED2014_code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2014 descriptor MED2014_label 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board 2015 code DHB2015_code 2 10
District health board 2015 descriptor DHB2015_label 254 Hawke's Bay
District health board constituency 2015 code DHBCON2015_code 4 1099
District health board constituency 2015 descriptor DHBCON2015_label 254 Area outside district health board constituency
Health domicile 2006 code HDOM2006_code 4 1472

2015 geographic areas

Download 2015 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 404kb) 
(This concordance file relates to the 2015 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2015 annual areas file Column heading Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code  7 0951901
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code  7 0951901
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code  7 0951901
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code  7 0951901
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code  7 0951911
Meshblock 2014 code MB2014_code  7     0951911 
Meshblock 2015 code  MB2015_code  4000219
Area unit 2015 code AU2015_code 6 527007
Area unit 2015 descriptor AU2015_label   254 Horsham Downs
Urban area 2015 code UA2015_code  3 006
Urban area 2015 descriptor UA2015_label  254 Hamilton zone
Territorial authority 2015 code TA2015_code  3 016 
Territorial authority 2015 descriptor TA2015_label  254 Hamilton city 
Ward 2015 code WARD2015_code  5 01602
Ward 2015 descriptor WARD2015_label  254 East ward 
Community board 2015 code CB2015_code  5 01699 
Community board 2015 descriptor CB2015_label  254 Area outside community 
Regional council 2015 code REGC2015_code  2 03 
Regional council 2015 descriptor REGC2015_label  254  Waikato region 
Regional council constituency 2015 code CON2015_code  4 0305 
Regional council constituency 2015 descriptor CON2015_label  254  Hamilton constituency 
Māori constituency 2015 code  MCON2015_code  0301 
Māori constituency 2015 descriptor  MCON2015_label  254 Ngā Hau e Whā Māori constituency 
General electoral district 2014 code GED2014_code  014 
General electoral district 2014 descriptor  GED2014_label  254 Hamilton West
Māori electoral district 2014 code MED2014_code 
Māori electoral district 2014 descriptor MED2014_label  254  Hauraki-Waikato 
District health board code DHB_code  05 
District health board descriptor DHB_label  254  Waikato 
District health board constituency code DHBCON_code  0599 
District health board constituency descriptor DHBCON_label  254  Area outside district health board constituency 
Health domicile 2006 code HDOM2006_code  0900 

2014 geographic areas

Download 2014 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 402kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2014 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2014 annual areas file Column heading Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code  7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2007 code MB2007_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2008 code MB2008_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2009 code MB2009_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2012 code MB2012_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2014 code MB2014_code  7     1461501 
Area unit 2014 code AU2014_code 6 547300 
Area unit 2014 descriptor AU2014_label   254 Taradale South 
Urban area 2014 code UA2014_code  3 012 
Urban area 2014 descriptor UA2014_label  254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2014 code TA2014_code  3 031 
Territorial authority 2014 descriptor TA2014_label  254 Napier city 
Ward 2014 code WARD2014_code  5 03104 
Ward 2014 descriptor WARD2014_label  254 Taradale ward 
Community board 2014 code CB2014_code  5 03199 
Community board 2014 descriptor CB2014_label  254 Area outside community 
Regional council 2014 code REGC2014_code  2 06 
Regional council 2014 descriptor REGC2014_label  254  Hawke's Bay region 
Regional council constituency 2014 code CON2014_code  4 0602 
Regional council constituency 2014 descriptor CON2014_label  254  Napier constituency 
Māori constituency 2014 code  MCON2014_code  0699 
Māori constituency 2014 descriptor  MCON2014_label  254 Area outside Māori constituency 
General electoral district 2007 code GED2007_code  028 
General electoral district 2007 descriptor  GED2007_label  254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2007 code MED2007_code 
Māori electoral district 2007 descriptor MED2007_label  254  Ikaroa-Rāwhiti 
District health board code DHB_code  10 
District health board descriptor DHB_label  254  Hawke's Bay 
District health board constituency code DHBCON_code  1099 
District health board constituency descriptor DHBCON_label  254  Area outside district health board constituency 
Health domicile 2006 code HDOM2006_code  1472 

2013 geographic areas

Download 2013 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 342kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2013 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2013 annual areas file Column heading Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code MB2001_code  7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code MB2006_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2007 code MB2007_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2008 code MB2008_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2009 code MB2009_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code MB2010_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code MB2011_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2012 code MB2012_code  7 1461501
Meshblock 2013 code MB2013_code  7 1461501
Area unit 2013 code AU2013_code  6 547300 
Area unit 2013 descriptor AU2013_label  254 Taradale South 
Urban area 2013 v2 code UA2013_v2_code  3 012
Urban area 2013 v2 descriptor UA2013_v2_label  254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2013 code TA2013_code  3 031 
Territorial authority 2013 descriptor TA2013_label  254 Napier city 
Ward 2013 code WARD2013_code  5 03104 
Ward 2013 descriptor WARD2013_label  254 Taradale ward 
Community board 2013 code CB2013_code  5 03199 
Community board 2013 descriptor CB2013_label  254 Area outside community 
Regional council 2013 code REGC2013_code  2 06 
Regional council 2013 descriptor REGC2013_label  254  Hawke's Bay region 
Regional council constituency 2013 code CON2013_code  4 0602 
Regional council constituency 2013 descriptor CON2013_label  254  Napier constituency 
General electoral district 2007 code GED2007_code  028 
General electoral district 2007 descriptor  GED2007_label  254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2007 code MED2007_code 
Māori electoral district 2007 descriptor MED2007_label  254  Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board code DHB_code  10 
District health board descriptor DHB_label  254  Hawke's Bay 
District health board constituency code DHBCON_code  1099
District health board constituency descriptor DHBCON_label  254  Area outside district health board constituency
Health domicile 2006 code HDOM2006_code  1472 

2012 geographic areas

Download 2012 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 340kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2012 geographic boundaries)

Contents of 2012 annual areas file Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2007 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2008 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2009 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2012 code 7 1461501 
Area unit 2012 code 6 547300
Area unit 2012 descriptor 254 Taradale South
Urban area 2012 code 3 012
Urban area 2012 descriptor 254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2012 code 3 031
Territorial authority 2012 descriptor 254 Napier city
Ward 2012 code 5 03104
Ward 2012 descriptor 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2012 code 5 03199
Community board 2012 descriptor 254 Area outside community
Regional council 2012 code 2 06
Regional council 2012 descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2012 code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2012 descriptor 254 Napier constituency
General electoral district 2007 code 3 028
General electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2007 code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board code 2 10
District health board descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay
District health board constituency code 4 1099
District health board constituency descriptor 254 Area outside district health board constituency
Health domicile 2006 code 4 1472

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2011 geographic areas

Download 2011 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 367kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2011 geographic boundaries).

Contents 2011 annual areas file Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2007 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2008 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2009 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2011 code 7 1461501
Area unit 2011 code 6 547300
Area unit 2011 descriptor 254 Taradale South
Urban area 2011 code 3 012
Urban area 2011 descriptor 254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2011 code 3 031
Territorial authority 2011 descriptor 254 Napier city
Ward 2011 code 5 03104
Ward 2011 descriptor 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2011 code 5 03199
Community board 2011 descriptor 254 Area outside community
Regional council 2011 code 2 06
Regional council 2011 descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2011 code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2011 descriptor 254 Napier constituency
General electoral district 2007 code 3 028
General electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2007 code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board code 2 10
District health board descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay
District health board constituency code 4 1099
District health board constituency descriptor 254 Area outside district health board constituency
Health Domicile 2006 code 4 1472

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2010 geographic areas

Download 2010 Annual Areas file (WinZip text file, 323kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2010 geographic boundaries).

Contents 2010 annual areas file Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code 7 1461500
Meshblock 2006 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2007 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2008 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2009 code 7 1461501
Meshblock 2010 code 7 1461501
Area unit 2010 code 6 547300
Area unit 2010 descriptor 254 Taradale South
Urban area 2010 code 3 012
Urban area 2010 descriptor 254 Napier zone
Territorial authority 2010 code 3 031
Territorial authority 2010 descriptor 254 Napier city
Ward 2010 code 5 03104
Ward 2010 descriptor 254 Taradale ward
Community board 2010 code 5 03199
Community board 2010 descriptor 254 Area outside community
Regional council 2010 code 2 06
Regional council 2010 descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay region
Regional council constituency 2010 code 4 0602
Regional council constituency 2010 descriptor 254 Napier constituency
General electoral district 2007 code 3 028
General electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Napier
Māori electoral district 2007 code 1 2
Māori electoral district 2007 descriptor 254 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
District health board code 2 10
District health board descriptor 254 Hawke's Bay
Health domicile 2006 code 4 1472

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2006 Census areas

Download 2006 Census Areas file  (WinZip text file, 270kb)
(This concordance file relates to the 2006 Census geographic boundaries).

Contents of 2006 Census areas file Field size Example
Meshblock 2001 code 7 2621700
Meshblock 2006 code 7 2621701
Area unit 2006 code 6 594600
Area unit 2006 descriptor 254 Sydenham
Urban area 2006 code 3 022
Urban area 2006 descriptor 254 Christchurch
Territorial authority 2006 v2 code 3 060
Territorial authority 2006 v2 descriptor 254 Christchurch city
Regional council 2006 code 2 13
Regional council 2006 descriptor 254 Canterbury region
District health board code 2 18
District health board descriptor 254 Canterbury

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Customised geographic area files

We can customise concordance files for geographic areas and specific years not included in the census or annual areas files. There may be a charge for this.

The fields currently available for customisation include:

  • meshblock (MB)
  • area unit (AU)
  • urban area (UA)
  • general electoral district (GED)
  • Māori electoral district (MED)
  • territorial authority (TA)
  • territorial authority ward (WARD)
  • territorial authority community/local board (CB)
  • territorial authority subdivision (TASUB)
  • regional council (REGC)
  • regional council constituency (CON)
  • regional council Māori constituency (MCON)
  • health domicile (HDOM)
  • district health boards (DHB)
  • district health board constituency (DHBC).

Text format does not support macrons

The text format of these files does not support the use of macrons. The following higher geography names have macrons in their official label.

Ward (WARD2017)

01902 Putāruru Ward
02501 Rangitāiki Ward
02502 Whakatāne-Ōhope Ward
02503 Tāneatua-Waimana Ward
04301 Ōtaki Ward
04304 Paekākāriki-Raumati Ward

Community Board (CB2017)

02501 Rangitāiki Community
02502 Tāneatua Community
02504 Whakatāne-Ōhope Community
04301 Ōtaki Community
04304 Paekākāriki Community

General Electoral District (GED2014)

023 Māngere
036 Ōhāriu
037 Ōtaki
043 Rangitῑkei
049 Tāmaki
051 Taupō
053 Te Atatū
020 Kaikōura

Maori Electoral District 2014 (MED2014)

2 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
3 Tāmaki Makaurau
4 Te Tai Hauāuru

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Page updated 7 December 2017

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