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South WairarapaCommunity profile

South Wairarapa District

Housing tenure

In South Wairarapa District 69% of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 17.4% were renting privately, and 1.3% were in social housing in 2018.

South Wairarapa District's Housing Tenure data provides insights into its socio-economic status as well as the role it plays in the housing market. For example, a high concentration of private renters may indicate a transient area attractive to young singles and couples, while a concentration of home owners indicates a more settled area with mature families and empty-nester Household Summary. Tenure can also reflect built form (Dwelling Type), with a significantly higher share of renters in high density housing and a substantially larger proportion of home-owners in separate houses, although this is not always the case.

In conjunction with other socio-economic status indicators in South Wairarapa District, Tenure data is useful for analysing housing markets, housing affordability and identifying public housing areas.

Please note: Due to the sourcing of some 2018 data for housing tenure from administrative records, there has been a drop in various "Not stated" categories between 2013 and 2018, and a corresponding increase in some of the characteristics. Users should take care in interpreting change in particular categories, as apparent increases may be a result of shifting non-response into response categories. For more information please see the Stats NZ pages on Tenure of Household.


Derived from the Census questions:

Questions 5-9 on the Census Dwelling Form, tenure of household is used to determine if the household owns the dwelling, holds it in a family trust, or does not own the dwelling, and whether payment is made by the household and to whom.

Housing tenure
South Wairarapa District20182013Change
Tenure typeNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Fully owned1,40732.425.51,23631.426.9+171
Renting - Social housing 571.36.1481.25.3+9
Renting - Private 75317.426.271118.123.8+42
Renting - Unknown sector 30.10.0360.91.5-33
Other tenure type50711.77.23579.14.4+150
Not stated / included90.20.02105.35.3-201
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 housing tenure of the population of South Wairarapa District in 2018 compared to Wellington Region shows that there was a larger proportion of households who owned their dwelling; a larger proportion purchasing their dwelling; and a smaller proportion who were renters.

Overall, 32.4% of the population owned their dwelling; 36.9% were purchasing, and 18.7% were renting, compared with 25.5%, 35.0% and 32.3% respectively for Wellington Region.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in housing tenure categories for the households in South Wairarapa District between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Mortgage (+261 persons)
  • Fully owned (+171 persons)
  • Other tenure type (+150 persons)

The total number of households in South Wairarapa District increased by 399 between 2013 and 2018.

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