Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 12 per cent,
which is quite high when compared to the regional growth rate of 8 per cent
during that time.
The local population is slightly under-represented
among children aged 14 years or younger, and over-represented among adults aged
between 65 and over. In 2013, the median age was 37.8 years, compared to a
regional median of 35.1 years.
Just under half (49%) of residents were
born overseas – one of the largest proportions across all 21 boards. Over a
third (39%) of residents born overseas had been in New Zealand for less than ten
years. The largest groups were from the People's Republic of China, followed by
South Africa, England, India and Fiji.
In 2013, there were 40,932 households in the Howick local board area, 9 per
cent of the regional count. The median household income was $84,500, higher than
the regional median of $76,500.
Home ownership levels in Howick were
also relatively high. In 2013, 71 per cent of households owned the dwelling they
lived in (this includes 18% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61
per cent regionally. The remaining 29 per cent of households rented, and the
majority (93%) rented from private landlords.
Almost a quarter (22%) of
households were couples-only and a further 37 per cent were couples with
Education and employment
Almost half (49%) of Howick residents aged 15 years and over were employed
full-time and a further 13 per cent employed part-time. Of those employed, 80
per cent were paid employees.
Around 45 per cent were managers or
professionals and a further 14 per cent were employed as clerical and
In line with the high proportion of people born
overseas, in 2013, 15 per cent of residents aged 15 years and over stated that
their highest formal education qualification was an overseas secondary school
qualification. Over a quarter (26%) had gained a bachelor's degree or higher (in
line with the regional figure at 25%).
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Howick Local Board area accounted for 7 per cent of
all employment and 8 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
While the largest number of people who worked in Howick were employed in
manufacturing (21% of the local employment), the largest number of businesses
(23%) were in the rental, hiring and real estate services, followed by
professional, scientific and technical services (12%) and construction
During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in the area grew by 17 per
cent, adding 6860 employees (compared to 13% growth across the region). The
largest increases in employee numbers, both in absolute terms and percentages,
were in the accommodation and food services and administrative and support
services. Both increased by over 60 per cent and added more than 1000 employees
Top five employment sectors (2015)
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.