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Demographics report card, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area 2016

​This local board area is located on the upper reaches of the Manukau Harbour and embraces a mix of residential land (Māngere, Ōtāhuhu, Favona) and industrial and commercial land (around Ōtāhuhu).
Auckland International Airport, the busiest in New Zealand and a major centre of employment, is located in this local board area. Over the 12 months to June 2016 more than 17 million passengers passed through the airport.

Puketutu Island, a volcanic island in the Manukau Harbour accessible by a causeway, is a feature of this local board area. Several large open spaces are enjoyed by locals and visitors, including Seaside Park, Ambury Regional Park and Māngere Domain.

The Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve on the shores of the Manukau Harbour is an important archaeological site and educational resource.

Quick facts

  • 5% of regional population
  • 28.3 yrs Median age
  • 41,610 employees work in the local board area (2015) 
  • 60% Pacific, 20% European, 17% Asian, 16% Māori
  • 39% born overseas
  • $59,900 Median household income
  • 51% of residents employed
  • 36 schools, most rated decile 3 or under (2016)
  • 4143 businesses in the local board area (2015)


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 years.

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 Islands.


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 professionals.

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 Auckland.

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 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.