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Porirua CityCommunity profile


Industry sector of employment

More Papakowhai residents worked in public administration and safety in 2018 than any other industry.

Papakowhai’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
Industry sectorNumber%Porirua City %Number%Porirua City %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, forestry and fishing30.20.50--0.7+3
Electricity, gas, water and waste services120.90.8121.00.80
Wholesale trade453.53.4604.93.5-15
Retail trade906.98.1907.48.70
Accommodation and food services604.65.0362.94.3+24
Transport, postal and warehousing423.24.2423.44.30
Information media and telecommunications241.81.7242.02.00
Financial and insurance services574.44.0816.65.0-24
Rental, hiring and real estate services241.81.6272.21.9-3
Professional, scientific and technical services15311.810.514411.89.3+9
Administrative and support services695.35.7332.74.1+36
Public administration and safety20115.412.516813.710.8+33
Education and training13510.49.115312.59.7-18
Health care and social assistance1118.510.41119.110.60
Arts and recreation services181.41.6272.21.8-9
Other services634.83.8544.43.9+9
Not elsewhere included------242.04.1--
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 Papakowhai in 2018 shows the three most popular industry sectors were:

  • Public administration and safety (201 people or 15.4%)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (153 people or 11.8%)
  • Education and training (135 people or 10.4%)

In combination these three industries employed 489 people in total or 37.6% of the employed resident population.

In comparison, Porirua City employed 12.5% in Public administration and safety; 10.5% in Professional, scientific and technical services; and 9.1% in Education and training.

The major differences between the jobs held by the population of Papakowhai and Porirua City were:

  • A larger percentage of persons employed in public administration and safety (15.4% compared to 12.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons employed in professional, scientific and technical services (11.8% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in health care and social assistance (8.5% compared to 10.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons employed in manufacturing (4.8% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Papakowhai increased by 78 between 2013 and 2018.

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

  • Construction (+42 persons)
  • Administrative and support services (+36 persons)
  • Public administration and safety (+33 persons)
  • Accommodation and food services (+24 persons)

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