Wellington Region

The Wellington Region[3] (also known as Greater Wellington) is a local-government region of New Zealand that occupies the southern end of the North Island. The region covers an area of 8,049 square kilometres (3,108 sq mi), and has a population of 542,000 (June 2020).[1]

Wellington Region (Greater Wellington)
CountryNew Zealand
IslandNorth Island
Established1989
SeatWellington
Territorial authorities
List
  • Wellington City
  • Hutt City
  • Porirua City
  • Upper Hutt City
  • Kapiti Coast District
  • South Wairarapa District
  • Carterton District
  • Masterton District
  • Tararua District (part)
Government
  ChairpersonDaran Ponter (Labour)
Area
  Region8,049 km2 (3,108 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2020)[1]
  Region542,000
  Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
HDI (2017)0.944[2]
very high · 1st
Websitewww.gw.govt.nz

The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city and the region's seat. The Wellington urban area, including the cities of Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, accounts for 79 percent of the region's population; other major urban areas include the Kapiti conurbation (Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati Beach, Raumati South, and Paekakariki) and the town of Masterton.