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.