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.
The local population is over represented in older age groups, with a median
age of 40.2 years, five years higher than the regional median of 35.1 years.
This local board area is home to many relatively new migrants from overseas.
A third (33%) of Ōrākei residents were born overseas, and of this group, 40 per
cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest overseas born
group was born in the United Kingdom, followed by the People’s Republic of
China, Australia and South Africa.
In 2013, there were 29,046 households in Ōrākei, which is 6 per cent of the
regional count. The median household income was $107,800, the highest across all
21 local board areas, and considerably higher than the regional median of
Home ownership in Ōrākei was relatively high – in 2013, 70 per cent of
households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 29% who owned it in a
family trust – a much higher proportion than any other local board area),
compared with 61 per cent regionally. The remaining 30 per cent of Ōrākei
households rented, and of these, the majority (91%) rented from private
A quarter (25%) of households were couple only and a further 33 per cent were
couples with children.
Education and employment
Just over half (51%) of Ōrākei residents aged 15 years and over were employed
full-time and a further 14 per cent employed part-time.
Of those employed, 74 per cent were paid employees. Almost two thirds (62%)
were managers or professionals and a further 12 per cent were employed as
clerical and administrative workers.
Residents of this area have relatively high rates of formal education. In
2013, 40 per cent of residents aged 15 years and over had gained a bachelor’s
degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally. Only 8 per cent had no
educational qualifications, compared with 17 per cent across the
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Ōrākei Local Board area accounted for 3 per cent of
all employment and 7 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
While the largest number of people who worked in the local board area were
employed in health care and social assistance (19% of local employment), the
largest number of businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate services
sector (27% of all businesses in the area), followed by professional and
technical services (20%), and financial and insurance services (15%).
During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in the local board area grew
by 11 per cent, adding 1730 employees (compared with 13% growth across the
region). The biggest growth was in accommodation and food services closely
followed by administrative and support services.
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.