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The Wellington Region

Housing rental payments

In the Wellington Region, 25.7% of renting households were paying more than $400 per week in rent in 2013.

Rental payments can be a better measure of the cost of housing in the Wellington Region than mortgage repayments because they are not contingent on length of occupancy or equity in the dwelling.

High rental payments may indicate desirable areas with mobile populations who prefer to rent, or a housing shortage, or gentrification. Low rental payments may indicate public housing (check Tenure Type), or areas where low income households move by necessity for a lower cost of living.

Rental payments are not directly comparable over time because of inflation. For comparison of rental payments over time, go to Housing Rental Quartiles.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Does this household pay rent to an owner (or to their agent for this dwelling?' and 'How much rent does this household pay to the owner (or agent) for this dwelling?'

Households renting their dwelling

Weekly housing rental payments
Wellington Region2013
Weekly rental amountNumber%North Island %
< $503510.70.8
$50 - $993,6066.77.4
$100 - $1493,2406.07.2
$150 - $1993,9187.38.6
$200 - $2496,11411.310.9
$250 - $2997,41913.813.7
$300 - $3497,35013.614.1
$350 - $3996,18611.511.7
$400 - $4493,9937.47.3
$450 - $4993,0455.64.9
$500+6,84612.79.5
Not stated1,8693.53.9

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Weekly housing rental payments, 2013
Weekly housing rental payments, 2013 < $50, North Island: 0.8% $50 - $99, North Island: 7.4% $100 - $149, North Island: 7.2% $150 - $199, North Island: 8.6% $200 - $249, North Island: 10.9% $250 - $299, North Island: 13.7% $300 - $349, North Island: 14.1% $350 - $399, North Island: 11.7% $400 - $449, North Island: 7.3% $450 - $499, North Island: 4.9% $500+, North Island: 9.5% Not stated, North Island: 3.9% < $50, Wellington Region: 0.7% $50 - $99, Wellington Region: 6.7% $100 - $149, Wellington Region: 6.0% $150 - $199, Wellington Region: 7.3% $200 - $249, Wellington Region: 11.3% $250 - $299, Wellington Region: 13.8% $300 - $349, Wellington Region: 13.6% $350 - $399, Wellington Region: 11.5% $400 - $449, Wellington Region: 7.4% $450 - $499, Wellington Region: 5.6% $500+, Wellington Region: 12.7% Not stated, Wellington Region: 3.5%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the weekly housing rental payments of households in the Wellington Region compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of households paying high rental payments ($400 per week or more), and a smaller proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $150 per week).

Overall, 25.7% of households were paying high rental payments, and 13.3% were paying low payments, compared with 21.7% and 15.4% respectively in the North Island.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of $500+ (12.7% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of $150 - $199 (7.3% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of $100 - $149 (6.0% compared to 7.2%)
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