How do we get to work?
Derived from the Census question, "On Tuesday 7 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?’" This is NOT a multi-response question.
Relates only to persons aged 15 years or more.
Commuting statistics reveal the main Mode of Transport used by residents to get to work. Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of local public transport, and their management of congestion in large cities. There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:
- the availability of affordable and effective public transport options;
- the number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
- the travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.
|Main method of travel to work|
(employed persons aged 15+)
|Drove a car, truck or van||11,556||60.7||58.6||10,326||59.0||57.7||1,230
|Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus||867||4.6||4.6||780||4.5||4.4||87
|Motorbike or power cycle||264||1.4||1.0||324||1.9||1.0||-60
|Walked or jogged||1,008||5.3||5.3||996||5.7||5.4||12
|Worked at home||1,179||6.2||8.3||1,221||7.0||9.7||-42
|Did not go to work on census day||1,962||10.3||10.3||2,136||12.2||11.3||-174
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006, 2001 and 1996.
Please refer to the specific data notes for more information.
This dataset looks at the method of travel to work of employed people. It applies only to people aged 15 and over who were employed in the week prior to Census.
Method of travel relates specifically to the journey to work on the morning of Census day (in 2006, this was March 7th). This differs to the industry and occupation data which relates to the main job held in the week prior to Census.
The method of travel is a single response variable. If a person travelled using multiple methods, they are instructed to record only that method which they used for the longest distance.
For more information please refer to the information on the Statistics New Zealand website.
In 2006, there were 66 people in Wanganui District who caught public transport to work (train or bus), compared with 12,687 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver or passenger), and 1,635 who walked, jogged or rode a bicycle to work.
The 2006 commuting statistics for Wanganui District show that 0.3% used public transport, 66.7% used a private vehicle and, 8.6% walked or rode to work, compared with 4.0%, 64.2% and 7.2% respectively in New Zealand.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of Wanganui District and New Zealand residents were:
- A larger percentage of Drove a car, truck or van (60.7% compared to 58.6%);
- A smaller percentage of Public bus (0.3% compared to 3.0%), and;
- A smaller percentage of Worked at home (6.2% compared to 8.3%).
The largest changes in method of travel to work in this area between 2001 and 2006 were:
- Drove a car, truck or van (+1,230 responses);
- Bicycle (-216 responses);
- Did not go to work on census day (-174 responses), and;
- Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (+87 responses).