South Taranaki's population growth gives the district a firm footing in securing its amenities, Mayor Ross Dunlop says.
Figures released by Statistics New Zealand on October 15 showed the population of Hawera and its surrounding areas, Normanby, Ohawe, and Tawhiti, had increased by 500, bringing the number from 10,773 in 2006 to 11,226.
Mr Dunlop said the increase "really secures" the district's amenities such as its library, hospital and swimming pool.
He also said it was a "very positive sign" for the future.
"I was pleasantly surprised with the population growth," Mr Dunlop said.
"People are very mobile nowadays and they shift around a lot, so it's good to see they are coming into South Taranaki."
He believes retired farmers and people moving in from rural towns to Hawera are among the contributing factors to the rise in numbers.
Overall, South Taranaki's population increased by 100, from 26,484 in 2006 to 26,580.
Mr Dunlop said the district was doing well economically, and affordable housing along with quality amenities have made the district an attractive place to live.
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