Matamata takes title of district’s biggest town
Matamata’s population has shot up almost 12.5 per cent since 2006, making it the largest town in Matamata-Piako.
Numbers released by Statistics New Zealand this month show Matamata’s population climbed from 6309 in 2006, to 7092 at the time of this year’s census.
Morrinsville recorded a smaller rise of 5.9 per cent from 6603 to 6993, and Te Aroha increased by 3.5 per cent from 3771 to 3903.
Matamata Public Relations Association manager Sue Whiting said the official numbers came as no surprise.
‘‘The town is feeling vibrant, energetic and busy so it’s of no surprise to us,’’ she said.
‘‘We have no doubt that that figure reflects the sort of energy that’s in the town at the moment ... certainly the influx of residents at Parkside Villas and the new families we are seeing.
‘‘Growth [in population] reflects directly on the economic growth for businesses and it secures our strong branded businesses in town – by that I mean it keeps our supermarkets busy and it also gives nationwide businesses the confidence to start new businesses in our town.’’
Though Matamata is on the up, the number of people who usually live in Waharoa fell 8.2 per cent from 507 in 2006 to 465 this year – almost a 13 per cent drop since the 2001 census.
Populations in Hinuera and Te Poi were more stable, with Hinuera increasing 2 per cent from 891 to 909, and Te Poi drop- ping 2.1 per cent from 819 to 801.
The Okauia area also showed a slight shift of 2.8 per cent from 1911 in 2006 to 1965, while Walton-Waihou fell 7.9 per cent from 4344 to 3999.
Overall, the Matamata-Piako District population rose by just 3.4 per cent from 30,480 to 31,536.
Census night was March 5, two years later than planned because of the Canterbury earthquakes.
There were 4.24 million people living in New Zealand on census night – 214,101 more than in 2006.
Katrina Tanirau and Nicola Stewart were there. Opportunity of a lifetime: Matamata College rugby players listen intently during a Q&A session with All Blacks Julian Savea, Owen Franks, T J Perenara and Jeremy Thrush. Meeting their idols: Hundreds of people lined up at Bedford Park including Anson Waru, 5, to have rugby balls, All Blacks jerseys and whatever else they could get their hands on signed by All Blacks Julian Savea, Owen Franks, T J Perenara and Jeremy Thrush. Stoked: Ethan Kaukau and Kiwara McMoses, both 10, after having their rugby balls signed by All Blacks Julian Savea, Owen Franks, T J Perenara and Jeremy Thrush.
Booming: Matamata is now the largest town in the Matamata-Piako District.