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South WairarapaCommunity profile

South Wairarapa District

Housing rental payments

In South Wairarapa District, 1.8% of renting households were paying more than $500 per week in rent in 2018.

Rental payments can be a better measure of the cost of housing in South Wairarapa District 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?'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Weekly housing rental payments
South Wairarapa District2018
Weekly rental amountNumber%Wellington Region %
< $50151.80.5
$50 - $74364.43.5
$75 - $99334.12.8
$100 - $124546.64.6
$125 - $149121.52.5
$150 - $174485.92.8
$175 - $199364.42.2
$200 - $24912615.57.2
$250 - $29916219.99.7
$300 - $34913216.211.3
$350 - $399698.511.9
$400 - $449394.89.1
$450 - $499182.28.2
$500 - $54960.75.6
$550 - $59900.04.4
$600 +91.112.9
Not stated182.20.8
Total households renting813100.0100.0
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

Analysis of the weekly housing rental payments of households in South Wairarapa District compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a smaller proportion of households paying high rental payments ($600 per week or more), and a larger proportion of households with low rental payments (less than $100 per week).

Overall, 1.8% of households were paying high rental payments, and 10.3% were paying low payments, compared with 22.9% and 6.7% respectively in Wellington Region.

The major differences between the housing rental payments of South Wairarapa District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of $250 - $299 (19.9% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of $200 - $249 (15.5% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of $600 + (1.1% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of $450 - $499 (2.2% compared to 8.2%)

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