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South Wairarapa District

Method of travel to work

In the South Wairarapa District 276 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The South Wairarapa District's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. 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 distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'On Tuesday 5 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
South Wairarapa District20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van2,22346.347.42,08245.848.5+141
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus1202.54.51623.65.3-42
Motorbike or power cycle1623.41.31353.00.8+27
Train3878.16.23277.25.8+60
Public bus330.77.6270.67.6+6
Bicycle571.22.4541.21.7+3
Walked or jogged2194.69.82465.48.8-27
Worked at home78316.36.273216.15.7+51
Did not go to work on census day59412.410.351011.210.1+84
Other360.81.1240.50.9+12
Not stated / included1833.83.22465.44.7-63

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

Method of travel to work, 2013
Method of travel to work, 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Wellington Region: 47.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington Region: 4.5% Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington Region: 1.3% Train, Wellington Region: 6.2% Public bus, Wellington Region: 7.6% Bicycle, Wellington Region: 2.4% Walked or jogged, Wellington Region: 9.8% Worked at home, Wellington Region: 6.2% Did not go to work on census day, Wellington Region: 10.3% Other, Wellington Region: 1.1% Drove a car, truck or van, South Wairarapa District: 46.3% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, South Wairarapa District: 2.5% Motorbike or power cycle, South Wairarapa District: 3.4% Train, South Wairarapa District: 8.1% Public bus, South Wairarapa District: 0.7% Bicycle, South Wairarapa District: 1.2% Walked or jogged, South Wairarapa District: 4.6% Worked at home, South Wairarapa District: 16.3% Did not go to work on census day, South Wairarapa District: 12.4% Other, South Wairarapa District: 0.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, South Wairarapa District: +141 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, South Wairarapa District: -42 Motorbike or power cycle, South Wairarapa District: +27 Train, South Wairarapa District: +60 Public bus, South Wairarapa District: +6 Bicycle, South Wairarapa District: +3 Walked or jogged, South Wairarapa District: -27 Worked at home, South Wairarapa District: +51 Did not go to work on census day, South Wairarapa District: +84 Other, South Wairarapa District: +12
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2013, there were 420 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in South Wairarapa District, compared with 2,505 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the South Wairarapa District in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 8.8% used public transport, while 52.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 13.9% and 53.1% respectively in the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the South Wairarapa District and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who worked at home (16.3% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who rode a motorbike or power cycle (3.4% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (0.7% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked or jogged (4.6% compared to 9.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in South Wairarapa District increased by 252 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the South Wairarapa District between 2006 and 2013 were for those nominated:

  • Drove a car, truck or van (+141 persons)
  • Did not go to work on census day (+84 persons)
  • Train (+60 persons)
  • Worked at home (+51 persons)

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