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The Wellington Region

Unpaid work

In the Wellington Region 80.0% of the population over 15 did unpaid housework in the 4 weeks leading up to the 2013 census date.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in the Wellington Region may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last 4 weeks, which of these have you done without pay'

Multi-response

Persons aged 15 years and over

Unpaid activities
Wellington Region20132006Change
Unpaid activities - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Household work etc303,26480.076.2287,48480.676.9+15,780
Looking after a child who is a household member105,05127.727.8101,79928.628.8+3,252
Looking after ill or disabled household member24,1446.46.724,5406.97.1-396
Looking after a child who is not a household member54,05714.313.554,34815.214.4-291
Looking after ill or disabled other person30,9428.27.829,8508.48.1+1,092
Voluntary work through an organisation57,83115.213.652,81514.813.5+5,016
No activities33,4478.810.431,8308.910.2+1,617

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

Unpaid domestic work - Totals
Wellington Region20132006Change
Unpaid activities - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNorth Island %Number% of total populationNorth Island %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included34,1859.011.029,6078.310.5+4,578
Total population379,311100.0100.0356,511100.0100.0+22,800
Total respondents345,12691.089.0326,90491.789.5+18,222
Total responses642,921169.5167.0612,273171.7169.5+30,648

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

Unpaid activities, 2013
Unpaid activities, 2013 Household work etc, North Island: 76.2% Looking after a child who is a household member, North Island: 27.8% Looking after ill or disabled household member, North Island: 6.7% Looking after a child who is not a household member, North Island: 13.5% Looking after ill or disabled other person, North Island: 7.8% Voluntary work through an organisation, North Island: 13.6% No activities, North Island: 10.4% Household work etc, Wellington Region: 80.0% Looking after a child who is a household member, Wellington Region: 27.7% Looking after ill or disabled household member, Wellington Region: 6.4% Looking after a child who is not a household member, Wellington Region: 14.3% Looking after ill or disabled other person, Wellington Region: 8.2% Voluntary work through an organisation, Wellington Region: 15.2% No activities, Wellington Region: 8.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013 Household work etc, Wellington Region: +15,780 Looking after a child who is a household member, Wellington Region: +3,252 Looking after ill or disabled household member, Wellington Region: -396 Looking after a child who is not a household member, Wellington Region: -291 Looking after ill or disabled other person, Wellington Region: +1,092 Voluntary work through an organisation, Wellington Region: +5,016 No activities, Wellington Region: +1,617
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 unpaid activities in the Wellington Region in 2013 compared to the North Island shows that there was a higher proportion of people performing unpaid work in their own home and a higher proportion of people involved with unpaid activities outside of their home.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Wellington Region and the North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people who performed household work etc (80.0% compared to 76.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people who were involved in voluntary work through an organisation (15.2% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people who looked after a child who is not a household member (14.3% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with no activities (8.8% compared to 10.4%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Wellington Region, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Household work etc (+15,780 people)
  • Voluntary work through an organisation (+5,016 people)
  • Looking after a child who is a household member (+3,252 people)
  • No activities (+1,617 people)

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