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
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
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.