Author Archives: Barry Martin

Asians, Pasifika and Maori: Auckland’s integration of its minorities.

Auckland city’s population has grown 40 per cent in the last 25 years, and its growth has been driven by immigration, specifically international immigration. Ethnicity data on Auckland over the period 1991 to 2013 show the profound effects of this … Continue reading

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Household incomes stagnant in Auckland 2006-13, some neighbourhoods experience income declines

The average household income in Auckland, has been more or less static in real terms between the 2006 and 2013 censuses. (Auckland mean household income 2006: $82,966 in 2013 dollars; in 2013: $80,370). But buried within this metropolitan average, are … Continue reading

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Trend towards concentration of affluence in Auckland has stopped, number of affluent suburbs in Christchurch has increased.

New Zealand’s affluent suburbs are overwhelmingly concentrated in Auckland,  but a comparison of data from the 2006 and 2013 censuses shows that Auckland’s dominance has slipped somewhat. The Magnus affluence index evaluates the standing of census area units (CAUs) based … Continue reading

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Household income inequality has dropped slightly, but is still higher than it was prior to 2000

On the subject of household income distribution, the 2013 census show there is something for both sides of the political divide. The graph below shows the trend in gross household income inequality between 1996 and 2013, as measured by the … Continue reading

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2013 census suggests income inequality continues to increase

The NZ Herald ran an article in December 2013 stating that newly released incomes data from the 2013 census indicated that since 2006, there had been falls in real terms of the median personal income in deprived parts of Auckland. … Continue reading

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Is Auckland as low density as they say it is?

Auckland’s urban limits have been much in the news recently. On the one hand, there is pressure to free up ‘greenfields’ land on the outskirts for more housing. For example, the Productivity Commission’s 2012 Housing Affordability Enquiry highlighted the central … Continue reading

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Europeans dominate Auckland’s affluent areas

Census-based affluence and deprivation indices provide us with a snapshot of the distribution of Auckland’s ethnic groups across the city’s poorest and wealthiest neighbourhoods. Maori and Pacific people constitute only 9 per cent of the population of the most affluent … Continue reading

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Auckland has the most affluent suburbs and households, but Wellington is the more affluent city.

The 2001 and 2006 censuses show that affluence is disproportionately concentrated in New Zealand’s largest cities. While Auckland and Wellington had 33.2 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively of the national population in 2006, half (56%) of New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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