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Porirua CityCommunity profile


Method of travel to work

In Papakowhai 36 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2018.

Papakowhai'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.

Please note: Stats NZ has given Travel to work data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "moderate". See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the one main way you usually travel to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Note: Between 2013 and 2018, the census question was changed. As a result, the page will only present 2018 data, with time series now not possible. Learn more.

Method of travel to work
Main method of travelNumber%Porirua City %
Drove a car, truck or van86766.665.4
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus483.76.7
Public bus60.52.1
Walked or jogged211.62.0
Worked at home1058.17.9
Not stated / included------
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Moderate
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Dominant groups

In 2018, there were 234 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus or ferry) in Papakowhai, compared with 915 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in Papakowhai in 2018 compared to Porirua City shows that 18.0% used public transport, while 70.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 16.2% and 72.2% respectively in Porirua City.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in Papakowhai and Porirua City were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who used the train (17.5% compared to 14.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (66.6% compared to 65.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who were passengers in a car, truck, van or company bus (3.7% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (0.5% compared to 2.1%)

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