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Demographics report card, Waitākere Ranges Local Board area 2016

​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.

Quick facts

  • 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 35.1 years.

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 private landlords.

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.

​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.