Wellington Region

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Greater Wellington
(Wellington Region)
Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui (Māori)
Location of Greater Wellington(Wellington Region)
CountryNew Zealand
IslandNorth Island
Established1989
SeatWellington
Territorial authorities
Government
  BodyGreater Wellington Regional Council
  ChairpersonDaran Ponter (Labour)
Area
  Land8,049.44 km2 (3,107.91 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2022)[2]
  Region543,500
Time zoneUTC+12:00 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13:00 (NZDT)
HDI (2021)0.958[3]
very high · 1st
WebsiteGW.govt.nz

Greater Wellington, also known as the Wellington Region (Māori: Te Upoko o te Ika),[4] is a non-unitary region of New Zealand that occupies the southernmost part of the North Island. The region covers an area of 8,049 square kilometres (3,108 sq mi), and has a population of 543,500 (June 2022).[2]

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 Paekākāriki) and the town of Masterton.


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