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 2014 (in nominal terms):
- Southland had the largest gross domestic product (GDP) increase (11.0 percent), followed by Canterbury (10.6 percent), Marlborough (10.3 percent), and Waikato (10.1 percent). The national increase was 6.7 percent.
- Wellington and Auckland regions had the smallest increases (4.4 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively).
- Auckland contributed the most to New Zealand’s GDP (35.3 percent), followed by Wellington (13.2 percent) and Canterbury (13.1 percent).
- The Gisborne region had the smallest contribution (0.7 percent).
- Taranaki had the highest GDP per capita ($80,297), followed by Wellington ($62,021) and Southland ($57,135). The national average was $51,319.
For the period March 2009 to March 2014:
- Canterbury had the largest change in GDP (30.9 percent), followed by Tasman and Nelson (25.4 percent), Auckland (24.7 percent), and Southland (23.9 percent). The national increase was 22.4 percent.
- Canterbury’s contribution to national GDP rose 0.9 percentage points (to 13.1 percent).
- Auckland’s contribution rose 0.6 percentage points to 35.3 percent, while Wellington’s and Taranaki’s contributions both fell 0.5 percentage points.
- The South Island’s contribution rose 0.8 percentage points, due to rebuilding in Christchurch and greater agriculture contributions from Canterbury, Southland, Otago, and the West Coast.
New Zealand's regional economies 2014 visually presents the key measures of the 15 regional economies.
Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
11 March 2015