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Regional Gross Domestic Product: Year ended March 2007–10
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 June 2013
Key facts

Regional gross domestic product (GDP) is a geographic breakdown of national-level GDP, which is New Zealand's official measure of economic activity.

For the year ended March 2010:

  • Auckland contributed the most to New Zealand’s GDP (35.0 percent), followed by Wellington (14.2 percent), and Canterbury (12.2 percent).
  • The North Island contributed 77.7 percent, compared with 22.3 percent from the South Island.
  • Taranaki had the highest GDP per person at $73,200, driven by oil and gas production. This was followed by Wellington ($55,800), Auckland ($45,700), and Southland ($45,600).

Between March 2007 and March 2010:

  • Auckland’s contribution to national GDP fell 1.3 percentage points to 35.0 percent, reflecting a manufacturing decline in 2009.
  • The South Island’s contribution to national GDP increased by 0.6 percentage points, due to larger dairy farming contributions from West Coast and Southland. 
  • Taranaki had the largest growth in GDP (46.9 percent), due to increased oil and gas production.

Graph, GDP and GDP per person, by region, year ended March 2010.

Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician

28 June 2013
ISBN 978-0-478-40836-2 (online)

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