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Housing rental payments

In the Wellington City, 42.6% 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 City 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 City2013
Weekly rental amountNumber%Wellington Region %
< $50840.30.7
$50 - $997472.86.7
$100 - $1491,0414.06.0
$150 - $1991,2604.87.3
$200 - $2491,9177.311.3
$250 - $2992,73610.413.8
$300 - $3493,14712.013.6
$350 - $3993,53113.411.5
$400 - $4492,82310.87.4
$450 - $4992,3619.05.6
$500+6,00922.912.7
Not stated5972.33.5

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, 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% < $50, Wellington City: 0.3% $50 - $99, Wellington City: 2.8% $100 - $149, Wellington City: 4.0% $150 - $199, Wellington City: 4.8% $200 - $249, Wellington City: 7.3% $250 - $299, Wellington City: 10.4% $300 - $349, Wellington City: 12.0% $350 - $399, Wellington City: 13.4% $400 - $449, Wellington City: 10.8% $450 - $499, Wellington City: 9.0% $500+, Wellington City: 22.9% Not stated, Wellington City: 2.3%
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 City compared to the Wellington Region 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, 42.6% of households were paying high rental payments, and 7.1% were paying low payments, compared with 25.7% and 13.3% respectively in the Wellington Region.

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

  • A larger percentage of $500+ (22.9% compared to 12.7%)
  • A larger percentage of $400 - $449 (10.8% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of $200 - $249 (7.3% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of $50 - $99 (2.8% compared to 6.7%)
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