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Geographic Area and Population

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MidCentral DHB’s district stretches across the North Island of New Zealand from the west to the east coast and is distinguished by the Tararua and Ruahine ranges that traverse the centre of the district.


MidCentral DHB’s district comprises the following territorial local authority districts:

  • Horowhenua district
  • Manawatu district
  • Palmerston North city
  • Tararua district
  • The Otaki ward of the Kapiti coast district

Map of MDHB region.


A high resolution Acrobat version of the map is also available.


MidCentral DHB Population

MidCentral DHB's population is around 180,000 people, and the majority live in Palmerston North City. Around 18% of the population are aged 65 years or older. Maori make-up over 20% of MidCentral DHB's population.


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To request a different format or printed version, please contact the MidCentral District Health Board Communications Unit.


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