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South WairarapaCommunity profile

Aorangi Forest

Service age groups

Aorangi Forest had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a similar proportion of people at post retirement age than South Wairarapa District in 2018.

The Age Structure of the population is the most widely used component of the Census. It is an indicator of an area’s residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future. Aorangi Forest's age demographics are indicative of the area’s era of settlement and provide key insights into the level of demand for services and facilities (as most services and facilities are age-specific).

Service age groups divide the population into age categories that reflect typical life-stages. They indicate the level of demand for services that target people at different stages in life and how that demand is changing.

To get a more complete picture of Aorangi Forest's demographic characteristics, Aorangi Forest's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Family and Household type data.


Derived from the Census question:

'When were you born?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Aorangi Forest - Total persons20182013Change
Service age group (years)Number%South Wairarapa District %Number%South Wairarapa District %2013 to 2018
Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)664.55.5967.06.6-30
Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)15310.49.214410.59.1+9
Secondary Schoolers (12 to 17)1087.36.5936.87.4+15
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)724.95.0936.85.9-21
Young workforce (25 to 34)1298.88.9997.27.7+30
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)27618.719.327920.320.5-3
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)23115.716.322816.615.4+3
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)24616.715.121915.915.1+27
Seniors (70 to 84)18012.212.51148.310.5+66
Elderly aged (85 and over)120.81.890.71.9+3
Total population1,473100.0100.01,374100.0100.0+99
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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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Aorangi Forest in 2018 compared to South Wairarapa District shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a similar proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 22.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 29.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.1% and 29.4% respectively for South Wairarapa District.

The major differences between the age structure of Aorangi Forest and South Wairarapa District were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (16.7% compared to 15.1%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Primary Schoolers (5 to 11)' (10.4% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Babies and Pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (4.5% compared to 5.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (0.8% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2013 to 2018, Aorangi Forest's population increased by 99 people (7.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.4% per year over the period.

The largest change in the age structure in this area between 2013 and 2018 was in the age group:

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+66 persons)

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