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Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Waimakariri District
Ward Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward
Electorates Kaikoura
Te Tai Tonga (Maori electorate)
 • Total 0.87 km2 (0.34 sq mi)
 • Total 207
 • Density 237.9/km2 (616/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s) 03
Sefton The Old Bank 002
Old bank building

Sefton is a small town in the Waimakariri District, New Zealand, about 23 miles from Christchurch.

In 1886, it had a census population of 276 and was a station on the Christchurch Ashley line. In 1891 it had a population of 390, of which 202 were male and 188 were female. In the 2018 census, the population was 207.


Sefton is defined by Statistics New Zealand as a rural settlement and covers 0.87 km2 (0.34 sq mi). It is part of the wider Ashley-Sefton statistical area.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 231 —    
2013 225 −0.38%
2018 207 −1.65%

Sefton had a population of 207 at the 2018 New Zealand census, a decrease of 18 people (-8.0%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 24 people (-10.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 84 households. There were 117 males and 93 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.26 males per female. The median age was 41.2 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 45 people (21.7%) aged under 15 years, 27 (13.0%) aged 15 to 29, 102 (49.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 33 (15.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 95.7% European/Pākehā, 5.8% Māori, 2.9% Asian, and 2.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 65.2% had no religion, 26.1% were Christian and 2.9% were Muslim.

Of those at least 15 years old, 21 (13.0%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 51 (31.5%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $32,600, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 78 (48.1%) people were employed full-time, 36 (22.2%) were part-time, and 3 (1.9%) were unemployed.


Sefton has one school: Sefton School (est. 1884). It is a decile 7 state non-integrated co-educational full primary, with 101 students (as of July 2016). The principal is David Haythornthwaite.

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