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Regional Gross Domestic Product: Year ended March 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 March 2014
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 2013:

  • Auckland contributed the most to New Zealand’s GDP (35.3 percent), followed by Wellington (13.5 percent), and Canterbury (13.2 percent).
  • The West Coast had the smallest contribution (0.7 percent).
  • Taranaki had the highest GDP per capita ($74,341), followed by Wellington ($57,941), and Southland ($52,701). The national average was $47,532.

Between March 2007 and March 2013:

  • Canterbury’s contribution to national GDP rose 0.9 percentage points to 13.2 percent, reflecting construction activity associated with the Christchurch rebuild.
  • Auckland’s contribution fell 0.6 percentage points to 35.3 percent, after manufacturing declined in 2009.
  • The South Island’s contribution rose 1.2 percentage points, due to rebuilding in Christchurch and greater agriculture contributions from the West Coast and Southland.

Graph, GDP and GDP per capita, by region, year ended March 2013.

New Zealand's regional economies 2013 visually presents the key measures of the 15 regional economies.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 28 March 2014, ISBN 978-0-478-40836-2 (online)

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