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Demographics report card, Kaipātiki Local Board area 2016

​This local board area includes the suburbs of Northcote, Birkenhead, Glenfield, Hillcrest, Highbury, Birkdale and Beachhaven.

It also includes a large commercial area in and around Target Road, Link Road and Wairau Valley, as well as main shopping malls and centres at Glenfield, Northcote and Highbury.

Local domains and reserves include Kauri Point Domain, Birkenhead Domain and the Tuff Crater Reserve.

Other features include the Auckland University of Technology campus at Northcote and the iconic Chelsea Sugar Refinery at Birkenhead.

Quick facts

  • 6% of regional population
  • 35.2 yrs Median age
  • 24,320 employees work in the local board area (2015) 
  • 65% European, 26% Asian, 8% Māori, 6% Pacific
  • 40% born overseas
  • $78,600 Median household income
  • 65% of residents employed
  • 26 schools, most decile 5 and over (2016)
  • 8898 businesses in the local board area (2015)


Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 4 per cent, lower than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.

In 2013, the proportion of the local population who were of working age was similar to the regional proportion, with 69 per cent aged between 15 and 64 years, compared with 68 per cent regionally. The median age was 35.2 years, similar to the regional median of 35.1 years.

The area has a relatively high proportion of local residents in the broad ‘Asian’ ethnic group, at 26 per cent (compared with 23% regionally). A relatively large proportion (40%) 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 number were born in the United Kingdom or the People's Republic of China.


In 2013, there were 28,428 households in Kaipātiki – 6 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $78,600 – slightly higher than the regional median at $76,500.

In 2013, 66 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (including 12% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The largest group that rented (88%) rented from private landlords.

Almost a third (30%) of households were couples with children, and a further 9 per cent were sole parents with children. The proportion of households which were one person (18%) or couple only households (22%) was similar to the wider Auckland region (19% and 21% respectively).

Education and employment

Levels of formal education among the local population aged 15 years and over were in line with regional averages – 13 per cent of those aged 15 years and over had no formal educational qualification (compared with 17% regionally) while 27 per cent had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher (25% regionally).

Just over half (52%) of Kaipātiki residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 13 per cent part-time.

Of those employed, 82 per cent were paid employees. Around 45 per cent were managers or professionals, while 13 per cent were clerical and administrative workers.

Business in the local board

As at February 2015, the Kaipātiki Local Board area accounted for 4 per cent of all employment and 5 per cent of businesses in Auckland. Most people were employed in the retail trade sector (22%), followed by the manufacturing (12%), and education and training sectors (10%). The largest number of local businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate services sector (19% of all businesses in the area), followed by professional, scientific and technical services (15%) and construction (13%).

During the period from 2010 to 2015, overall employment numbers remained essentially unchanged, compared with an increase of 13 per cent for the region as a whole. While there were increases in the number of employees in the construction, accommodation and food services, and retail trade sectors, there were decreases in manufacturing, education and training, and information media and telecommunications.

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.