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Demographics report card, Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area 2016

This local board area includes the coastal communities of Castor Bay, Milford, Takapuna,
Belmont, Devonport and Bayswater, as well as the communities of Crown Hill, Sunnynook and Forrest Hill.

It not only includes some stunning and popular coastline, bays and beaches, but is also home to several sites of historical significance such as the defence forts at North Head and Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve. Lake Pupuke, the Devonport Naval Base, Bayswater Marina, and North Shore Hospital all sit within the boundaries.

A popular means of travel for commuters to Auckland’s central business district is by ferry from Bayswater, Stanley Bay, or Devonport.

Age groups (2013)

  • 4% of regional population

  • 39.7 yrs Median age

  • 28,340 employees work in the local board area (2015) 

  • 76% European, 20% Asian, 5% Māori, 2% Pacific

  • 38% born overseas

  • $85,800 Median household income 

  • 64% of residents employed

  • 22 schools, 10 rated decile 8 to 10 (2016)

  • 8787 businesses in the local board area (2015)


Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 5 per cent, slower than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.

In 2013, Devonport-Takapuna was under-represented in age groups under 64 years, and over-represented in age groups over 65 years, when compared with the regional age structure. The median age was 39.7 years, higher than the regional median of 35.1 years.

A third (38%) of local residents were born overseas, and of that group, 43 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest group were born in the United Kingdom.


In 2013, there were 20,343 households in Devonport-Takapuna, 4 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $85,800 – higher than the regional median at $76,500.

Home ownership rates in this local board area are relatively high. In 2013, 67 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 22% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The largest group of households that rented (88%), rented from private landlords.

Almost a third (32%) of households were couples with children, and a further 8 per cent were sole parents with children. The proportion of households who were one person (22%) or couple only households (25%) was higher than the Auckland region (19% and 21% respectively).

Education and employment

Local residents reported generally high proportions of formal education. In 2013, 10 per cent of all residents aged 15 years and over had no formal educational qualification, compared with 17 per cent regionally. Almost one third (31%) had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally.

At the 2013 Census, almost half (49%) of Devonport-Takapuna residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 15 per cent part-time. Of those employed, 75 per cent were paid employees. Around 53 per cent were managers or professionals, while 12 per cent were clerical and administrative workers.

Business in the local board

As at February 2015, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area accounted for 4 per cent of all employment and 5 per cent of all businesses in Auckland.

Most people who work in this area are employed in the health care and social assistance sector (22%), followed by public administration and safety (15%), professional, scientific and technical services (11%) and retail trade (10%).

The largest number of businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate services sector (24% of all business units in the area), followed by professional, scientific and technical services (19%).

During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in Devonport-Takapuna increased by the same rate as the Auckland region – 13 per cent. There was a gain of over 1000 employees in the professional, scientific and technical services sector during this time (an increase of 54%). Small decreases occurred in a number of sectors including information media and telecommunications, manufacturing, and transport, postal and warehousing.


All data presented here is from the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings, unless stated otherwise. The census allows respondents to identify with more than one ethnic group, hence the ethnicity percentages may sum to more than 100. ‘Business in the local board’ data is from Statistics New Zealand’s Business Demographic data. School data is provided by Auckland Council, using Ministry of Education information. A school’s decile rating indicates the extent to which it draws its students from lower socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10 per cent of schools with the highest proportion of such students and decile 10 schools are the 10 per cent of schools with the lowest proportion.