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New Zealand - A regional profile

New Zealand - A Regional Profile aims to summarise information about all 16 regions in New Zealand into one comprehensive volume.

What do regions mean to New Zealanders? Essentially they are a place to live, a focus for parochialism on the sports field and a source of local identity. If you asked a Southlander, "Do you see yourself as being different to a Nelsonian", they would answer firmly, "Yes". Defining regional qualities is, however, rather less definitive. What does it really mean to be a Cantabrian, a Northlander or a Wellingtonian? How does the region of residence affect the individual in terms of employment choices, income, access to health and educational services? This publication explores how the history, topography, social, demographic and economic forces in each region have shaped experiences. While it cannot exactly describe each individual in Northland or Canterbury, the publication can show the most distinctive characteristics of each region.

The publication has a two-fold purpose: to provide a comprehensive source of information about each region in New Zealand; and to analyse each region, comparing differences and similarities, with the aim of celebrating regional diversity in New Zealand. The sixteen chapters examine the history, topography, population characteristics and economy of each region. Information is presented in written, graphic and tabular form.

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