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The Wellington Region

Housing tenure

In the Wellington Region 60% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 23.8% were renting privately, and 5.3% were in social housing in 2013.

The Wellington Region's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nester Household Summary. Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.

In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in the Wellington Region, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.

Derived from the Census questions:

Questions 7-13 on the Census Dwelling Form, tenure of household is used to determine if the household owns the dwelling, holds it in a family trust, or does not own the dwelling, and whether payment is made by the household and to whom.

Occupied private dwellings

Housing tenure
Wellington Region20132006Change
Tenure typeNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Mortgage57,69332.831.655,98033.532.7+1,713
Fully owned47,43026.925.644,51726.725.9+2,913
Renting53,93130.630.548,09028.827.8+5,841
Renting - Social housing9,3035.34.89,3665.64.9-63
Renting - Private41,94323.823.736,50421.921.3+5,439
Renting - Unknown sector2,6851.52.02,2201.31.6+465
Other tenure type7,7404.45.89,4985.77.1-1,758
Not stated / included9,3395.36.68,8835.36.6+456

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

Housing tenure, 2013
Housing tenure, 2013 Other tenure type, North Island: 5.8% Renting - Unknown sector, North Island: 2.0% Renting - Private, North Island: 23.7% Renting - Social housing, North Island: 4.8% Renting, North Island: 30.5% Fully owned, North Island: 25.6% Mortgage, North Island: 31.6% Other tenure type, Wellington Region: 4.4% Renting - Unknown sector, Wellington Region: 1.5% Renting - Private, Wellington Region: 23.8% Renting - Social housing, Wellington Region: 5.3% Renting, Wellington Region: 30.6% Fully owned, Wellington Region: 26.9% Mortgage, Wellington Region: 32.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2013
Change in housing tenure, 2006 to 2013 Other tenure type, Wellington Region: -1,758 Renting - Unknown sector, Wellington Region: +465 Renting - Private, Wellington Region: +5,439 Renting - Social housing, Wellington Region: -63 Renting, Wellington Region: +5,841 Fully owned, Wellington Region: +2,913 Mortgage, Wellington Region: +1,713
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the housing tenure of the population of the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a similar proportion who were renters.

Overall, 26.9% of the population owned their dwelling; 32.8% were purchasing, and 30.6% were renting, compared with 25.6%, 31.6% and 30.5% respectively for the North Island.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Renting (+5,841 persons)
  • Renting - Private (+5,439 persons)
  • Fully owned (+2,913 persons)
  • Other tenure type (-1,758 persons)

The total number of households in the Wellington Region increased by 9,165 between 2006 and 2013.

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