- The town population will grow from 10,000 in 2001 to projected near 20,000 by 2026
- Rangiora is seen as a local service centre by 60% of District population; by 2031, could be providing goods and services for about 50,000 people
- 200 building consents for new dwellings were issued in 2014
- There will be demand for additional 20,000m2 retail and 20,000m 2 office floor space by 2031 to meet growth and demand
- Business numbers increased by 27% in last 10 years and number of employees by 35%
- Dramatic increase in spending immediately following February 2011 earthquake (up 33%) – by 2014, spend was still above pre-quake levels including spend from Christchurch residents
- Catchment stretches north to Kaikoura and Hurunui District, south to Christchurch and Selwyn District
- Most Rangiora employees work in retail/wholesale sector, though highest number of business units represent finance/professional services sector
Construction was the largest industry in the Waimakariri District in 2014, measured as contribution to the District’s GDP, followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing. About 2,500 people worked in the construction sector in the District in 2014.
The BERL (Business and Economic Research Ltd) Regional Rankings 2013 identifies Waimakariri as the second Local Authority in the country in terms of economic performance. BERL’s survey ranks New Zealand’s 66 local authorities on economic activity, including population, employment, GDP, business units, and the Relative Openness Index, which measures each region’s economy toward export sectors.
Waimakariri District’s estimated resident population as at June 2014 is 54,400, an increase of 4,400 from the 2013 Census. This is among the highest ever annual proportional gain, reflecting the major increase in house building in 2013. This now makes the District the third largest District in the South Island (by population) Territorial Authority after Christchurch and Dunedin, and the second fastest growing Territorial Authority in New Zealand after Selwyn District. Rangiora was shown to have a population of 17,350 people in June 2016.