Canterbury Region

Canterbury (Māori: Waitaha) is a region of New Zealand, located in the central-eastern South Island. The region covers an area of 44,503.88 square kilometres (17,183.04 sq mi), making it the largest region in the country by area. It is home to a population of 655,000 (June 2022).[2]

Canterbury
Waitaha
Canterbury Region
Canterbury Region within New Zealand
Coordinates: 43.6°S 172.0°E / -43.6; 172.0
CountryNew Zealand
IslandSouth Island
Established1989
SeatChristchurch
Territorial authorities
Government
  ChairpersonPeter Scott
Area
  Land44,503.88 km2 (17,183.04 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2022)[2]
  Region655,000
DemonymCantabrian
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
HDI (2017)0.926[3]
very high · 3rd
A map showing population density in the Canterbury Region at the 2006 census

The region in its current form was established in 1989 during nationwide local government reforms. The Kaikoura District joined the region in 1992 following the abolition of the Nelson-Marlborough Regional Council.

Christchurch, the South Island's largest city and the country's second-largest urban area, is the seat of the region and home to 58 percent of the region's population. Other major towns and cities include Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora and Rolleston.


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