Thursday, 04 June 2020


Tairua and Pauanui in numbers

Tairua and Pauanui in numbers

Following on from our recent statistical profile of Whitianga, this is the profile of Tairua and Pauanui. Information that has been gathered from Statistics New Zealand census and other official statistics can help you understand the dynamics of these communities.

Just over 2,000 people live in the area, 1,269 in Tairua and 741 in Pauanui Beach. There has been a net loss in population since the 2001 Census of 150 people with Tairua losing 13 per cent (192) of its community while Pauanui has grown by 42. There are as many men as there are women in each community.

Tairua residents are mainly European (81.6 per cent) with a Maori community of 11.1 per cent and the balance from a diverse number of cultures. Pauanui also has a predominant European base (78.2 per cent) but a much smaller (4.2 per cent) Maori population. One fifth of this Coromandel community were born overseas with the most common birthplace being the UK and Ireland. Almost everyone speaks just one language (English) with just 27 people fluent in Maori.

Almost 60 per cent of the people (over the age of 15) living in the area are married, and of the rest, half have never married and half are separated, divorced or widowed. Nearly 30 per cent of people in Tairua and nearly 40 per cent of people in Pauanui aged 15 years and over who have never married, live with a partner. In Tairua, couples with children make up a third of all families (in Pauanui it is less than 20 per cent), while couples without children account for more than half of all families. Less than 10 per cent of families are one-parent-with-children families.

In Tairua, 28.6 per cent (Pauanui Beach, 23.2 per cent) of people aged 15 years and over have no formal qualifications however the rest have a secondary school and/or post-school qualification. This may be a factor contributing to the low unemployment rate in this area of just 2.1 per cent compared to 5.2 per cent for all of Waikato Region. Like Whitianga, managers make up 20 per cent of the workforce, while professionals, technicians and labourers each account for 15 per cent of the employed community. Community and personal service, clerical and administration and sales workers are each 10 per cent of the workforce.

In Tairua, the average annual income per person is even lower than Whitianga - just $18,400 with more than half of the people aged 15 years and over having an annual income of $20,000 or less. Only 11 per cent earn more than $50,000 per year. For Pauanui incomes are better with the average annual income per person at $21,700 with less than half of the people aged 15 years and over having an annual income of $20,000 or less. 16 per cent earn more than $50,000 per year.

There are 603 dwellings in Tairua and 403 in Pauanui Beach and more than half of these are privately occupied with or without a mortgage and just half of the households have access to the Internet.

For two such apparently diverse communities, Tairua and Pauanui Beach share mostly similar statistics borne out of their geographic location, community profile and economy. Both communities add significantly to the beauty and richness of the Coromandel region.

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