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Demographics report card, Manurewa Local Board area 2016

​This local board area includes the suburbs of Homai, Manurewa, Wattle Downs, Weymouth, Clendon Park, Totara Heights and Randwick Park. It also includes the southern part of the Wiri industrial area.
Totara Park, Mountfort Park, the Auckland Botanic Gardens and the Vodafone Events Centre are all in this local board area. It also houses two modern prisons at Wiri, the Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility and the South Auckland Corrections Facility for men.

The southern rail line runs through the centre of Manurewa, transporting commuters and goods, and servicing the inland Port at Wiri – a 15-hectare depot connected with the Waitematā seaport by a rail exchange.

Quick facts

  • 6% of regional population
  • 29.8 yrs Median age
  • 21,260 employees work in the local board area (2015)
  • 37% European, 33% Pacific, 25% Māori, 20% Asian
  • 32% born overseas
  • $67,800 Median household income
  • 55% of residents employed
  • 34 schools, most rated decile 4 or under (2016)
  • 4332 businesses in the local board area (2015)


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 35.1 years.

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 of $76,500.

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% respectively).

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 regionally.

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.