The dashboard below provides some key data and commentary around the impacts of COVID-19 on the local economy.

While data sets are updated regularly to ensure the information provided is as up-to-date as possible, please be aware that the figures do not represent a real-time snapshot.

Electronic card spending

(% change in number of transaction compared to the same week in 2019)
Source: Marketview
  • Tararua District
  • New Zealand
Weekly retail electronic card spending for the Tararua is showing signs of strong growth with weekly increases ranging from 2% to 15% over December 2020 compared to the same weeks in 2019. The Tararua district is consistently out preforming that of the overall New Zealand trend for 2020.

Number of Jobseeker Support recipients

Source: Ministry of Social Development
  • Tararua District
The number of jobseeker support recipients in the Tararua District has increased 46%, from 622 in April 2020 to 911 in November 2020. In contrast, the number of jobseeker support recipients in New Zealand has increased 56% over the same period.

Trade Me job advertisement index

Index: Feb-20=100 (four-week rolling average)
Source: Sense Partners analysis of Trade Me data
  • Tararua District
  • Manawatū-Whanganui Region
  • New Zealand
The change in the number of job advertisements on Trade Me for the Tararua district showed a steady increase over the month of November with a small decrease at the end of the month compared to the February 2020 index.

Value of building consents issued

(Years ended December, $ million)
Source: Statistics New Zealand
  • Tararua District
There was strong growth in residential consents in the Tararua District. Residential consents increased to $25 million in the year end November 2020, up from $13 million over for the year end November 2019. While, non-residential consents remained the same at $6 million over the same period.

Summary Table

as at 30 June 2019


Source: Statistics New Zealand


Year ended March 2020

GDP ($ million)

2019 prices, chain-volume series
Source: Infometrics


as at February 2019

Workforce (no.)

Includes an estimate for the self-employed
Source: Infometrics


Year to March 2019

Median earnings

Full quarter jobs
Source: Statistics New Zealand


Year to March 2019

Annual salaries and wages ($ million)

Source: Statistics New Zealand


April 2020

Average house price

Average for past 3 months
Source: QV


April 2020

Average weekly rent

Average for past 12 months
Source: MBIE