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Auckland Council

Housing and travel (November 2016)

About this survey

Respondents: 3285

This project involved collaboration with the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and Victoria University of Wellington to complete an independent study on housing preference in Auckland.

The survey was designed to help understand how Aucklanders choose between different types of housing and neighbourhoods.

Key findings

  • A gradual shift from the standalone houses toward townhouses and in some cases, apartments, was noted, reflecting previous research work.
  • Presented with various choices to consider, people from a range of backgrounds listed three housing and neighbourhood attributes as most important. First was 'affordability' (94 per cent), second, a warm and dry house (92 per cent) and third, a safe neighbourhood (88 per cent). A standalone home also ranked highly at 70 per cent.
  • On transport access, the option chosen most was location "very close" to the local town centre and CBD (five minute walk to town centre and five-15 minute drive or bus to CBD) and "fairly close" (10 minute walk to town centre and 15-30 minute drive or bus to CBD).
  • A third of respondents preferred to drive for their daily commute while public transport and walking were each preferred by over a quarter of people. Cycling was the least preferred mode of transport (11 per cent).
  • Common housing issues raised by respondents were given as "too small", expensive, cold/difficult to heat, and poor condition.