Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 7 per cent,
similar to the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.
In 2013, the local population was over-represented in younger age groups,
with 27 per cent aged less than 15 years, compared with 21 per cent regionally.
The median age was 29.8 years, considerably younger than the regional median of
Manurewa has the highest equal proportion, together with Papakura, of
residents who identified as Māori, at 28 per cent. Almost a third (32%) of local
residents were born overseas, and of that group, 42 per cent had been in New
Zealand for less than ten years. The largest number of overseas born were born
in Samoa or Fiji followed by India, England and Tonga.
In 2013, there were 22,659 households in Manurewa, 5 per cent of the regional
count. The median household income was $67,800 – lower than the regional median
Home ownership rates in this local board area are slightly lower than the
regional average. In 2013, 55 per cent of households owned the dwelling they
lived in (this includes 8% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per
cent regionally. Over a quarter of households that rented (29%) rented from
Housing New Zealand.
About one in three (30%) households were couples with children, and a further
12 per cent were sole parents with children. One in ten households (10%) were
two or more families. The proportion of households that were one person (13%) or
couple-only households (15%) was lower than across Auckland (19% and 21%
Education and employment
Local residents reported generally low proportions of formal education. In
2013, 28 per cent of all residents aged 15 years and over had no formal
educational qualification, compared with 17 per cent regionally. Only 11 per
cent had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent
Almost half (45%) of Manurewa residents aged 15 years and over were employed
full-time and a further 10 per cent employed part-time. Of those employed, 89
per cent were paid employees.
Around 28 per cent were managers or professionals, while 25 per cent were
machinery operators and drivers or labourers.
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Manurewa Local Board area accounted for 3 per cent
of all employment and 2 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
Most people who work in this area are employed in the manufacturing sector
(23%), followed by education and training (13%), healthcare and social
assistance (12%) and wholesale trade (10%).
The largest number of businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate
services sector (17% of all businesses in the area), followed by construction
(14%), and transport, postal and warehousing (11%).
During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in Manurewa grew by 18 per
cent, adding 3190 employees (compared to 13% growth across the region). The
biggest growth in the number of jobs was in the rental, hiring and real estate
services sector, followed by transport, postal and warehousing.
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.