Between the 2006 and 2013 censuses, the population increased by 5 per cent, slower than the regional growth rate of 8 per cent during that time.
In 2013 the median age was 34.9 years, similar to the regional median of 35.1 years.
This area is home to many relatively new migrants from overseas. Just under half (42%) of Whau residents were born overseas,
and of this group, 42 per cent had been in New Zealand for less than ten years. The largest group of people born overseas were from the People’s Republic of China, followed by India, Fiji, Samoa and England.
In 2013, there were 23,931 households in Whau, 5 per cent of the regional count.
The median household income was $63,900 – lower than the regional median at $76,500.
Home ownership rates in this local board are similar to the regional average – in 2013, 60 per cent of households owned the dwelling they lived in (this includes 10% who owned it in a family trust), compared with 61 per cent regionally. The remaining 40 per cent of households rented, and of these, the majority (78%) rented from private landlords.
Education and employment
Just under half (45%) of residents aged 15 years and over were employed full-time and a further 12 per cent employed part-time. Of those employed, 84 per cent were paid employees.
Around 39 per cent were managers or professionals and a further 14 per cent were employed as clerical and administrative workers.
In 2013, 24 per cent of residents aged 15 years and over had gained a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 25 per cent regionally, 19 per cent had no educational qualifications, compared with 25 per cent across the region.
Business in the local board
At February 2013, the Whau local board area accounted for 4 per
cent of all employment and 4 per cent of all businesses in Auckland.
Manufacturing is the largest employer in the area, with
5,860 employees (26% of the local board employment),
and 480 businesses.
While the largest numbers of people who worked in Whau were
employed in manufacturing, the largest number of businesses
were in the rental, hiring and real estate services (15%), followed
by construction (13%), retail trade and professional and technical
services (10% each).
During the period from 2006 to 2013, employment in the local board
area decreased by 7 per cent, losing 1,580 employees (compared to
6% growth across the region). Although still the largest employer,
there has been loss in the numbers of jobs in manufacturing during
this time, as well as other sectors. There were however, increases in
jobs in other sectors such as health care and social assistance.
All data presented here is from the 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings, unless stated otherwise. School data is provided by Auckland Council, using Ministry of Education information. ‘Business in the local board’ data is from Statistics New Zealand’s Business Demographic data. A school’s decile rating indicates the extent to which it draws its students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 1 schools are the 10 per cent of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 10 schools are the 10 per cent of schools with the lowest proportion of these students. The census allows respondents to select more than one ethnic identity, hence the ethnicity percentages may total more than 100.