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New Geos: New Zealand - Metropolitan Areas
Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 11:31 ET
By Matthew Baldwin
Summary
October 2011 –- For New Zealand, we declare metropolitan areas as conterminous with reported regions: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington.
Detail

Statistics New Zealand (StatNZ) defines metropolitan areas by reference to "urban area"-type localities.  Although Moody's Analytics prefers to use official definitions, StatNZ publishes insufficient time series data at this level of geography; therefore, we have elected to define our own metro areas by reference to "region"-type localities.

Conveniently, the urban areas constitute the majority of the population in their respective regions.  Per the 2010 census (Excel file attached):

  •  Auckland Urban Area = 93% of Auckland Region
  •  Wellington Urban Area = 81% of Wellington Region
  •  Christchurch Urban Area = 69% of Canterbury Region

References

Table 1 of 1. Metropolitan areas in New Zealand. We define each of our metropolitan areas as conterminous with a region. 

New Zealand has a national geo code of INZL, all codes for its geographic subdivisions use INZL as a prefix, and all Moody's Analytics metro areas feature the letter "M." Each of the three areas is identified as INZL(underscore)M(letter)(letter)(letter), and may be retrieved en masse by using the basket geo wild card INZL_M^^^.

Geo Code
Description Geo Level
INZL_MAUC Auckland MA metro area
INZL_AUCK Auckland Region
INZL_MCHR Christchurch MA metro area
INZL_CANT Canterbury Region
INZL_MWEL Wellington MA metro area
INZL_WELL Wellington Region

 

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