North-west reporting area

Devonport-Takapuna, Henderson-Massey, Hibiscus and Bays, Kaipatiki, Rodney, Upper Harbour, Waitakere Ranges local boards

State of Auckland

Quality of life


This Quality of Life report card contains a selection of results from the 2014 Quality of Life survey. As Auckland’s population continues to grow and change, it is important to monitor community well-being and residents’ perceptions of life in Auckland.

Auckland’s goal is to provide people with a fantastic quality of life. Results from the New Zealand Quality of Life Survey in 2014 indicate that residents of Auckland’s north-west local boards are generally satisfied with their life and are proud of their local area.

The north-west reporting area is made up of seven local boards and 849 people responded to the survey – 36 per cent of the total number of Aucklanders surveyed. 


Quick facts

44% felt safe in their city centre after dark (42% regionally)

66% have a sense of pride in the way their local area looks and feels (63% regionally)

51% felt a sense of community in their local area (51% regionally)

59% felt that dangerous driving had been ‘a problem’ (60% regionally)

43% felt car theft and damage to cars had been an issue (52% regionally)

82% rated their overall quality of life as ‘extremely good’ or ‘good’ (81% regionally)

 (All comparisons presented here are for the Auckland sample, not the national sample)

North-west reporting area map

North-west reporting area

Quality of Life Survey

The Quality of Life survey is a partnership between Auckland Council, Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Christchurch and Dunedin City Councils. Between them, these areas account for just over half of the total population of New Zealand. The survey was first conducted in 2003, repeated in 2004, and has been undertaken every two years since.

The survey aims to gather residents’ perceptions across a broad range of areas, including satisfaction with life in general, feelings of safety, perceptions of health, transport and local issues.

In a 2014, a representative sample of 2383 Aucklanders aged 18 years and over participated in the survey. Quotas were set to ensure that the sample was representative of the broader population by age, ethnic group and location. 

It is important to note that in 2012 there was a change in the survey methodology from previous surveys, from telephone to online. This means results for this survey and the 2012 survey can’t be compared directly with the results from previous surveys. Changes in results may be due to the methodology changing rather than changes in trends over time.

For more information on the Quality of Life survey go to

*issues that were rated as being a ‘big problem’ or ‘a bit of a problem’ in the previous 12 months.
Results from individual local boards (shown on the front of this report card) have been combined for reporting purposes, due to small sub-sample sizes for each local board.