This local board area includes the suburbs of Titirangi, Glen Eden and
Konini as well as the small coastal communities of Bethells Beach, Piha,
Karekare, Huia and Laingholm.
A large proportion of this local board area includes the Waitākere Ranges,
which are protected under the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act.
The surf beaches and native forest areas of the west coast are extremely
popular recreation and holiday sites for Aucklanders, offering surfing,
swimming, fishing, bushwalking and tramping.
The Waitākere Local Board area is also home to the largest remaining wetland
in Auckland, Te Henga wetland located in the north west, providing habitat for a
wide range of native animals.
- 3% of regional population
- 36.8 yrs Median age
- 5510 employees work in the local board area (2015)
- 79% European 11% Māori 11% Pacific 10% Asian
- 28% born overseas
- $79,700 Median household income
- 67% of residents employed
- 14 schools ranging from decile 2 to 10 (2016)
- 5564 businesses in the local board area (2015)
Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 6 per cent,
which is lower than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.
In 2013, the local board area had a slightly larger proportion of children
aged 14 years and under, when compared with the regional age structure. Despite
this, the median age was 36.8 years, slightly older than the regional median of
A relatively low proportion (28%) of local residents was born overseas, and
of that group, 35 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The
largest numbers of overseas-born were born in the United Kingdom, with much
smaller groups from Samoa, Australia, Fiji and India.
In 2013, there were 16,626 households in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board
area, 4 per cent of the regional count. The median household income was $79,700
– higher than the regional median at $76,500.
Home ownership rates in this local board area were relatively high when
compared with other areas. In 2013, 73 per cent of households owned the dwelling
they lived in (this includes 14% who owned it in a family trust), compared with
61 per cent regionally. The majority of households that rented (87%) rented from
Just over a third (34%) of households were couples with children, and a
further 11 per cent were sole parents with children. The proportion of
households which were one person (18%) was similar to the wider Auckland region
(19%). Couple-only households made up 22 per cent of all households.
Education and employment
Levels of formal education were in line with the overall region. In 2013, 16
per cent of all residents aged 15 years and over had no formal educational
qualification, compared with 17 per cent regionally, and 24 per cent had gained
a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally.
More than half (52%) of residents aged 15 years and over were employed
full-time and a further 15 per cent part-time. Of those employed, 78 per cent
were paid employees. Around 45 per cent were managers or professionals, while 14
per cent were technicians and trade workers.
Business in the local board
As at February 2015, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area accounted for 1
per cent of all employment and 3 per cent of businesses in Auckland.
Most people who work in the area are employed in education and training
(16%), health care and social assistance (12%) and construction (11%).
The largest number of local businesses were in construction and the rental,
hiring and real estate services sector (both 20% of all businesses in the area),
followed by the professional, scientific and technical services (16%).
From 2010 to 2015, employment in the area increased by 10 per cent, resulting
in 520 more employees (compared to 13% growth across the region). The largest
increases were in the accommodation and food services, and education and
training sectors, followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing.