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About Waitematā

He Kōrero mō Waitematā

The Waitematā Local Board includes the city centre and fringe retail and commercial areas (including Newmarket), and the inner city residential suburbs.

Suburbs of the Waitematā Local Board area

Westmere, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Arch Hill, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay, Newton, Eden Terrace, City Centre, Grafton, Newmarket and Parnell.

Character of the Waitematā Local Board area

  • The Waitematā Local Board area was home to an estimated 94,500 people as at 30 June 2015, accounting for 6.0 per cent of Auckland's total population.
  • Statistics New Zealand predicts the population of Waitematā could reach 130,200 by 2033, which is an increase of 48,900 people on 2013 levels, or 60 per cent growth.
  • The median age of residents in Waitematā is 30.4 years compared to 35.1 years for Auckland.
  • The proportion of children in Waitematā are low compared to Auckland as a whole (10.2 per cent aged 0 to 14 years compared with 20.9 per cent), and the proportion of those aged 65 years and over are also relatively low (6.4 per cent compared with 11.5 per cent).
  • As at the 2013 Census, less than a third (29 per cent) of dwellings in Waitematā were separate houses which is considerably lower than the regional proportion of 74.7 per cent.
  • Employment in Waitematā is mostly concentrated in the city centre, which had about 93,000 employees in 2013 from a total of 188,000 jobs located in the board area.
  • Around 46,000 of our residents work in Waitematā, while about 100,000 people from around Auckland travel into Waitematā every day to work.

Amenities in the Waitematā Local Board area

Cultural and education facilities include the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Auckland Art Galley, Studio One Toi Tū, the Aotea Centre, the Civic Theatre, the University of Auckland and AUT University.

Ports of Auckland is New Zealand's busiest port and the Domain and Western Springs provide green space for many of the region's residents.

Download map showing Waitematā Local Board boundaries

Further information about Waitematā

The State of Auckland report provides information on the state of Waitematā's environment as well as demographic and quality of life information in report cards produced by council.

Waitematā's economic profile provides information on the economy including employment and workforce statistics, number and type of businesses and productivity levels.