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Demographics report card, Puketāpapa Local Board area 2016

​This local board area includes the suburbs of Three Kings, Mt Roskill, Hillsborough, Lynfield and Wesley.
Local facilities include Maungakiekie Golf Course, Akarana Golf Course, Wattle Bay Recreation Reserve and Keith Hay Park. Light industrial land use is centred around Carr Road.

The local board area includes the Three Kings quarry that was operated by Winstone Aggregates for more than 90 years. Preparations are under way to rehabilitate this site for residential development.

South-western motorway (SH 20) extensions provide quicker access to and from the airport and southern suburbs, and will become an integral part of the western ring route.

Quick facts

  • 4% of regional population
  • 34.3 yrs Median age
  • 9930 employees work in the local board area (2015) 
  • 44% Asian, 38% European, 16% Pacific, 6% Māori
  • 49% born overseas
  • $72,700 Median household income
  • 58% of residents employed
  • 23 schools, ranging from decile 1 to 8 (2016)
  • 4464 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.

In 2013, the age structure was very similar to the regional structure, with 19 per cent aged under 15 years, 69 per cent aged between 15 and 64 years and 12 per cent aged 65 or over. The median age was 34.3 years, similar to the regional median of 35.1 years.

This local board area is home to many new migrants from overseas, and is ethnically diverse. Half (49%) of local residents were born overseas – the highest proportion of overseas-born across all 21 local board areas. Of that group, 39 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest numbers of overseas-born were born in India and the People’s Republic of China, with smaller groups from Fiji, England and Samoa.


In 2013, there were 16,698 households in Puketāpapa, 4 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $72,700, lower than the regional median at $76,500.

Home ownership rates were in line with the regional average – in 2013, 57 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 13 per cent who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The remaining 43 per cent of households rented, and of these, almost a third (32%) rented from Housing New Zealand.

Almost one in three (31%) households were couples with children, and a further 17 per cent were couple-only. In line with the wider Auckland region, 17 per cent were one person households.

Education and employment

Local residents reported generally high proportions of education and employment. In 2013, over a quarter (29%) of all residents aged 15 years and over had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally. Only 15 per cent had no qualification.

Just under half (45%) of residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 13 per cent employed part-time.

Of those employed, 83 per cent were paid employees. Around 44 per cent were managers or professionals and a further 14 per cent were employed as clerical and administrative workers.

Business in the local board

As at February 2015, the Puketāpapa Local Board area accounted for 1 per cent of all employment and 3 per cent of businesses in Auckland.

The largest proportion of people who work in this area are employed in the education and training sector (16%), closely followed by retail trade (15%) and wholesale trade (12%).
The largest number of local businesses were in the rental, hiring and real estate services sector (23% of all businesses in the area), followed by professional, scientific and technical services (14%).

During the period from 2010 to 2015, Puketāpapa experienced only modest employment growth (3% compared with 13% for the region as a whole). While there were gains in retail trade, and accommodation and food services, there were losses in education and training and 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.