The Waikato Projections Group consists of staff representatives from Hamilton City Council, all the district councils and Waikato Regional Council. It also includes representation from Waikato District Health Board and Waka Kotahi NZTA (Waikato Regional Transport Model).
The purpose of the Working Group is to plan and implement a process to provide a regionally consistent set of future population and economic projections for the Waikato based on the 2018 census so that they meet the needs of individual councils for their work in preparing their next LTP (2021) and other planning/strategies (Urban Development NPS, Infrastructure Strategy), as well as sub/interregional spatial planning (Future Proof, Hamilton to Auckland Corridor).
Work is currently underway to support the development of the 2018 Waikato Projections. This involves the update of the WISE model to provide for a 2018 start date, updated components include a new 2018 land use layer (including updated zonong, accessibility and facilities/services layers), a new population model, updated population data based on 2018 census, and updated economic data.
Further details and a timeline for the projection deliverables is available here.
Latest Update Report to Waikato Projections Group (29 October 2020).
Document on Projections Comparisons (comparing Waikato and Stats NZ estimates and projections).
Stats NZ final subnational population estimates 2018 (released 23 Sept 2020) - these are the base data used for the Waikato Projections 2018-2068.
The following is a record of the minutes and materials presented at the Waikato Projection working group workshops.
Update Report to Waikato Projections Group (15 July 2020).