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Demographics report card, Papakura Local Board area 2016

​This local board area includes the suburbs of Conifer Grove, Red Hill, Takanini, Hingaia and Drury. Both the southern motorway and the southern rail line run through the area, providing essential transport links.

Considerable residential development has recently occurred west of SH1 at Hingaia, and at Takanini.

Industrial areas are located at Takanini, Papakura and Red Hill. Local features include the Papakura racecourse, Papakura Military Camp and Bruce Pulman Park.

Quick facts

  • 3% of regional population
  • 33.1 yrs Median age
  • 15,320 employees work in the local board area (2015) 
  • 61% European, 28% Māori, 15% Pacific, 13% Asian
  • 20% born overseas
  • $65,900 Median household income
  • 58% of residents employed
  • 21 schools, ranging from decile 1 to 10 (2016)
  • 3897 businesses in the local board area (2015)


Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 10 per cent, similar to the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.

In 2013, the local population was slightly over represented in younger age groups, with 24 per cent aged less than 15 years, compared with 21 per cent regionally. The median age was 33.1 years, a little lower than the regional median of 35.1 years.

Papakura, along with the Manurewa Local Board area, has the highest proportion across all board areas of local residents who identified as Māori, at 28 per cent. A relatively small proportion (20%) of local residents were born overseas, and of that group, 39 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest overseas born group was born in the United Kingdom, with smaller groups from India, Samoa, Fiji, South Africa and Australia.


In 2013, there were 14,898 households in Papakura, 3 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $65,900 – lower than the regional median at $76,500.
Home ownership rates in this local board area were similar to the regional average. In 2013, 58 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 9% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The majority of households that rented (78%) rented from private landlords.

About a quarter (27%) of households were couples with children, and a further 13 per cent were sole parents with children. The proportion of households who were one person (20%) or couple-only (20%) was similar to the Auckland region (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 (47%) of residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 11 per cent part-time. Of those employed, 86 per cent were paid employees. A third (33%) were managers or professionals, while 20 per cent were machinery operators and drivers or labourers.

Business in the local board

As at February 2015, the Papakura Local Board area accounted for 2 per cent of all employment and businesses in Auckland.

Most people who work in this area are employed in the manufacturing sector (22%), followed by the retail sector (14%), construction (11%), and education and training (10%).

The largest number of businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate services sector (20% of all businesses in the area), followed by the construction sector (15%).

During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment increased by 10%, adding 1330 employees (compared to 13% growth across the region). The biggest increases in the number of jobs was in construction, followed by retail trade.

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.