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The People in our District

Families make up a large proportion of the district population


There was a 3.3 percent population growth in Matamata-Piako between 2001 and 2006, to 30,483, and 3.5 percent growth between 2006 and 2013, to 31,536. From 2013 to 2018 there was 9.1 percent growth to 34,404 people in the district. Between 1991 and 2001 the population of the district was declining.

The Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha townships all increased in population size between 2006 and 2018. Morrinsville increased by 17.5 percent, Matamata by 23.7 percent and Te Aroha by 20.8 per cent.

 2018 Census figures

Total population 34,404

  • Morrinsville 7,761
  • Matamata 7,806
  • Te Aroha 4,554             
  • 19.7% of district over 65 years of age
  • 20.3% percent aged less than 15 years 
  • 76% European, 16.7% Maori
  • Rural/Urban mix: 41.5% rural, 58.5% urban

In May 2017, infrastructure strategy specialists Rationale Limited delivered a review of growth projections for Matamata-Piako District Council. The main purpose of the review was to provide population, and dwelling projections for the District out to 2048. Council has adopted this report as the basis for its Long Term Plans and future District Plan Changes.

Below is an overview of the predicted population data for the District for 2028 as supplied by Rationale:

2028 Rationale medium growth projection

  • Total population 36,540
  • Morrinsville 8,208
  • Matamata 8,390
  • Te Aroha 4,380

Town Populations

The following graphs record the population census figures between 1991 and 2018, and include the Rationale projection for 2028 for each of our three mains towns.

Te Aroha experienced a higher growth in population numbers in comparison with the Rationale projection. The projection was for 4,240 residents in 2018 and 4,380 residents for 2028. However in 2018 Te Aroha already has 4,554 residents; that is 314 more residents than the projection for 2018.


Other Population Information



Change in Matamata-Piako age structure based on projections

                                                                               Change in MM Piako age structure based on projections

 The light blue bars show the low growth scenario, darker blue the medium growth and the navy bars depict the highest growth scenario.

Source: Rationale Limited


Source: Rationale Limited


(Total percentage is greater than 100% as respondents can choose more than one ethnicity.)



(Source of all data unless otherwise noted: Statistics New Zealand.)

Useful links

Matamata-Piako Growth Projections to 2048

Matamata-Piako District: Socio-Demographic Profile 1986–2031

Statistics New Zealand