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. Between 1991 and 2001 the population of the district was declining.

The Matamata, Morrinsville and Te Aroha townships all increased in size between 2006 and 2013. Morrinsville increased by 6 percent, Matamata by 12.4 percent and Te Aroha by 3.7 per cent.

 2013 Census figures

Total population 31,536

  • Morrinsville 6,999
  • Matamata 7,089
  • Te Aroha 3,906             
  • 18% of district was over 65 years of age
  • 21.5% percent aged less than 15 years 
  • 86.3% European, 14.8% Maori
  • Rural/Urban mix: 43% rural, 57% 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 2018 as supplied by Rationale:

2018 Rationale medium growth projection

  • Total population 34,980
  • Morrinsville 7,839
  • Matamata 8,297
  • Te Aroha 4,258

Town Populations

The following graphs record the population census figures between 1991 and 2013, and include the Rationale prediction for 2018 for each of our three mains towns.