Talk:List of cities in New Zealand

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Article reorg[edit]

I have cleaned out this talk page, most of the comments were a year old and no longer relevant. The main contributors were: Jonathan Ah Kit and kiwiinapanic.

I have rearranged the article into 3 parts:

  • a discussion of two ways the term "city" is used in New Zealand
  • a list of "informal" cities
  • a list of city councils

I think the first list of cities is more relevant to most people, although city councils are definitely important too, and their dates of creation/demise are interesting.

The list of "informal" cities is open to debate. I have produced a starting point, based largely on Statistics New Zealand concept of a "main urban area", with a few changes:

  • Napier and Hastings are separated
  • Hamilton is separated from Te Awamutu and Cambridge
  • Kapiti is left off the list

What is the status of Hutt City vs Lower Hutt City? To the best of my knowlege, Hutt City is just a trading name just as Wellington Regional Council trades as "Greater Wellington".

I think the last section can still be tidied up somewhat.

-- Ben Arnold 2004-03-25

Hi Ben, thanks for the changes. I think it's a better version, as the one I hocked up pissed off people who thought their district was a city and I was being too pedantic. :) I'd trouble trying to figure out a way of listing cities that weren't legal cities.

Seriously, this is the story on Lower Hutt. Before 1991:

  • City name: Lower Hutt
  • Name: Lower Hutt City
  • Council name: Lower Hutt City Council

After the special Local Act was passed (I think the bill was introduced by the Western Hutt MP of the day, Joy Quigley, when she was still using her married name), it became:

  • City name: Lower Hutt
  • Name: Lower Hutt City
  • Council name: Hutt City Council (actually, because Hamilton City Council existed, and had the initials HCC, for a while they'd call themselves The Hutt City Council and took the initials THCC, you could argue that was the trading name. Now the council doesn't care.)

As you can see, the only change was the council's name. Noone had thought in the dark days of 1991 that one could just make up a trading name like the Wellington Regional Council and half the other regional councils have done. Today's situation is pretty much as follows:

  • City name: Lower Hutt, aka Hutt City
  • Name: Lower Hutt City, aka Hutt City
  • Council name: Hutt City Council

It confuses the hell out of people, really, especially when the 'welcome' signs on SH2 say 'Hutt City', and annoys many a Upper Hutt resident.

Anyway, thanks again for the changes. :) --Jonathan Ah Kit 12:01, 27 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Porirua pop.[edit]

That "40,000" (approx) for Porirua must be wrong. "We" had nearly 48,000 at the census, and I'm sure I read recently in one of the local papers that the 50,000 was now probably reached.

I can't check the obvious official external link, because those PDFs that talk about local authority popns actually seem to have only regions.

robinp 01:23, 7 Apr 2004 (UTC)
You're right, that was a typo. I feel like I killed off 10,000 people! I've gone back and double-checked the rest of the figures, putting 100 more people in Gisborne, but the rest were okay. I've also reworked the comment about Kapiti Coast District: the Statistics NZ Kapiti Urban Area includes only those 3 towns and doesn't include Te Horo, Otaki, Otaki Forks etc. Ben Arnold 01:45, 11 Apr 2004 (UTC)
Thanks, Ben. And now that I realise you HAVE been to this page I can edit my earlier comment on the "project" page you created at - and either you or I can work a link to this into it :Robin Patterson 02:06, 13 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Too many photos[edit]

Isn't 16 photos far too many for this article? Nurg (talk) 01:48, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

City Status: Confusion Reigns[edit]

Comments above are well out of date and quite misleading. This main article page needs a healthy overhaul. It is full of uncited contradictory opinion. For example, confusing an urban area (village, town, city (version 1) etc) with an administrative area (district, city (version 2), region). I wanted to start editing the page but as I read through it I realised the futility of changing a sentence or two here and there. IMO the whole page needs rewriting. Roger 8 Roger (talk) 03:33, 7 November 2016 (UTC)


I notice that the reference Gadfium has included (this one) to support the assertion that an urban area must have a population of at least 50,000 before it can be 'proclaimed as a city', actually defines the naming of territorial authorities, which may only use the term a 'city council' if they meet that population criterion. Restricting its usage only in the specific context of the name of the authority. It doesn't directly define the word itself but rather the naming of the territorial authority. I can see how the implication could be drawn, but it could also be interpreted as meaning that with smaller cities under a certain population such an authority can't define itself with a term that implies focus on the urban area rather than the district as a whole. For more efficient resource management for instance. Without an explicit and direct definition of the word by itself it would seem like WP:OR to extrapolate from this. Also to note, Upper Hutt's territorial authority is named as a city council and it doesn't have a population of at least 50, (talk) 02:15, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

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New Plymouth's population[edit]

In the article, New Plymouth has a population of 57,500. However, according to this article, New Plymouth has a population of 74,000. There is a significant difference between these two population figures, but the population figures for all the other major cities are very similar. I wonder which source is more accurate? 2001:8003:8612:EA00:9F2:A7B0:76BC:F1BA (talk) 08:08, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Christchurch earthquake[edit]

According to 2011 Christchurch earthquake, population loss following the earthquake "saw the Christchurch main urban area fall behind the Wellington equivalent to decrease from second to third most populous area in New Zealand" – with fuller discussion and references. Surely this should be mentioned somewhere in this article. GrindtXX (talk) 17:07, 16 June 2020 (UTC)