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Kāpiti Coast DistrictCommunity profile

Paraparaumu Beach West

Industry sector of employment

More Paraparaumu Beach West residents worked in professional, scientific and technical services in 2018 than any other industry.

Paraparaumu Beach West’s industry statistics identify the industry sectors in which the residents work (which may be within the residing area or elsewhere). This will be influenced by the skill base and socio-economic status of the residents as well as the industries and employment opportunities present in the region.

When viewed in conjunction with Residents Place of Work data and Method of Travel to Work, industry sector statistics provide insights into the relationship between the economic and residential role of the area.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the main activity of (your) business or employer.'

Industry sector of employment
Paraparaumu Beach West20182013Change
Industry sectorNumber%Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) %Number%Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing60.514.260.615.10
Electricity, gas, water and waste services90.80.890.8--0
Wholesale trade302.61.7302.82.80
Retail trade12310.78.312311.65.70
Accommodation and food services726.35.8666.23.8+6
Transport, postal and warehousing514.42.5393.71.9+12
Information media and telecommunications242.10.8212.00.9+3
Financial and insurance services514.42.5605.75.7-9
Rental, hiring and real estate services332.91.7302.82.8+3
Professional, scientific and technical services14412.510.0999.39.4+45
Administrative and support services544.72.5333.10.9+21
Public administration and safety11710.26.7878.26.6+30
Education and training756.511.7969.19.4-21
Health care and social assistance1059.16.71059.94.70
Arts and recreation services211.82.5212.01.90
Other services726.35.0545.17.5+18
Not elsewhere included------424.03.8--
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
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Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not elsewhere included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the resident population in Paraparaumu Beach West in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (144 people or 12.5%)
  • Retail trade (123 people or 10.7%)
  • Public administration and safety (117 people or 10.2%)

In combination these three industries employed 384 people in total or 33.4% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) employed 10.0% in Professional, scientific and technical services; 8.3% in Retail trade; and 6.7% in Public administration and safety.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Paraparaumu Beach West and Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (10.2% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing (0.5% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in education and training (6.5% compared to 11.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (4.7% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Paraparaumu Beach West increased by 90 between 2013 and 2018.

The largest changes in the jobs held by the resident population between 2013 and 2018 in Paraparaumu Beach West were for those employed in:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services (+45 persons)
  • Public administration and safety (+30 persons)
  • Administrative and support services (+21 persons)
  • Education and training (-21 persons)

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