Selwyn District

Selwyn District is a predominantly rural area in central Canterbury, on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. It is named after the Selwyn River / Waikirikiri, which is in turn named after Bishop George Selwyn, the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand who, in 1843 and 1844, travelled the length of the country by horse, foot, boat and canoe, leaving in his wake a sprinkling of locations that now bear his name.

Selwyn District
Photo taken from the TranzAlpine train
Location of the Selwyn District within the South Island
CountryNew Zealand
RegionCanterbury
DistrictSelwyn District Council
WardsEllesmere
Malvern
Selwyn Central
Springs
Formed1989
SeatRolleston
Government
  MayorSam Broughton
  Deputy MayorMalcolm Lyall
Area
  Total6,420.38 km2 (2,478.92 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2020)[1]
  Total69,700
  Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
WebsiteSelwyn District Council