Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 4 per cent,
slower than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.
The population of this local board area has a young age structure. In 2013, a
quarter (26%) of the resident population was aged under 15 years, 65 per cent
aged between 15 and 64 years, and 9 per cent aged 65 years or over. The median
age was 28.3 years, considerably younger than the regional median of 35.1
This local board area is one of the most ethnically diverse. In 2013, more
than half of its residents identified within the broad ‘Pacific peoples’ ethnic
grouping – the highest proportion of residents across all 21 local board areas.
Thirty-nine per cent of residents were born overseas, and of that group, 40 per
cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest number of
overseas born residents were born in Samoa followed by Tonga, Fiji and the Cook
In 2013, there were 17,382 households in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu – 4 per cent of the
regional count. The median household income was $59,900, lower than the regional
median at $76,500.
Home ownership rates in this local board area are relatively low. In 2013, 42
per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 7% who
owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. Just under
half of households that rented (43%) rented from Housing New Zealand. Almost one
in four (28%) households were couples with children, and a further 11 per cent
were couples only. The proportion of households that were two families was
relatively high, at 14 per cent, compared with 5 per cent regionally.
Education and employment
Local residents reported generally low proportions of formal education. In
2013, 31 per cent of all residents aged 15 years and over had no formal
educational qualification, compared with 17 per cent regionally. Only 9 per cent
had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally.
Just less than half (41%) of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu residents aged 15 years and over
were employed full-time and a further 10 per cent employed part-time. Of those
employed, 91 per cent were paid employees. Around a third (31%) were machinery
operators and drivers or labourers, while 24 per cent were managers or
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area accounted for 6 per
cent of all employment and 2 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
In large part due to Auckland Airport being located here, the transport,
postal and warehousing sector is a significant employer in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, with
almost a third (29%) of local jobs in this sector. Furthermore, the local board
area is home to one in every three jobs in this sector in the whole of
During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu grew by 12
per cent, adding 4340 employees to the workforce (compared to 13% growth across
the region). The largest growth was in the transport, postal and warehousing
sector (940 more jobs), followed by professional, scientific and technical
services (810). However, there was a decrease in the number of those employed in
the education and training sector.
Top five employement 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.