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Demographics report card, Upper Harbour Local Board area 2016

​This local board area includes the suburbs of Albany, Unsworth Heights, Greenhithe, Herald Island, Hobsonville and Whenuapai.

The area includes a significant retail centre at Albany, Massey University (Albany campus), QBE Stadium, AUT Millennium (previously the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health), North Shore Golf Course, the air base at Whenuapai, Hobsonville Marina and Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.

This area has undergone growth and changes in recent years with the extension of the Upper Harbour motorway and suburban development. Current development at Hobsonville Point is providing an additional area of residential living in Auckland with ferry links to the city centre.

Quick facts

  • 4% of regional population
  • 36.2 yrs Median age
  • 40,040 employees work in the local board area (2015) 
  • 66% European, 29% Asian, 5% Māori, 2% Pacific
  • 44% born overseas
  • $89,000 Median household income
  • 64% of residents employed
  • 22 schools, most rated decile 8 to 10 (2016)
  • 9597 businesses in the local board area (2015)


Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 25 per cent, considerably higher than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.

In 2013, the age structure was very similar to the regional structure. The median age was 36.2 years, slightly older than the regional median of 35.1 years.

Along with Kaipātiki, the Upper Harbour Local Board area has the highest proportion of Asian residents across all the local board areas on the North Shore. Nearly half (44%) of local residents were born overseas, and of that group, 42 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. Among the overseas born, the largest group was born in the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China, with smaller groups from Korea and South Africa (15% of all Korean-born live in this local board area).


In 2013, there were 17,106 households in Upper Harbour – 3 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $89,000 – higher than the regional median at $76,500, and the second highest after Orākei.

Home ownership rates in this local board area were relatively high when compared with other areas. In 2013, 70 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this included 20% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The majority of households that rented (90%) rented from private landlords. More than a third (38%) of households were couples with children, and a further 7 per cent were sole parents with children. The proportion of households that were one person only (13%) was lower than Auckland as a whole (19%).

Education and employment

Local residents reported generally high proportions of formal education. In 2013, 11 per cent of all residents aged 15 years and over had no formal educational qualification, compared with 17 per cent regionally. Just over a quarter (26%) had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, similar to the regional figure of 25 per cent.

Half (50%) of residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 14 per cent part-time. Of those employed, 76 per cent were paid employees. Almost half (48%) were managers or professionals, while 13 per cent were clerical and administrative workers.

Business in the local board

As at February 2015, the Upper Harbour Local Board area accounted for 6 per cent of all employment and 5 per cent of businesses in Auckland.

Most people were employed in wholesale trade (16%), retail trade (12%) and professional, scientific and technical services (10%). The largest number of local businesses were in rental, hiring and real estate services (21%) and professional, scientific and technical services (15%).

During the period from 2010 to 2015, employment in Upper Harbour increased by 18 per cent, resulting in 6230 more employees (compared to 13% growth across the region). This was driven by increases across almost all sectors, but particularly professional, scientific and technical 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.