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Housing facts

Housing need in Wellington

There were 641 applications on the Ministry of Social Development social housing register for the Wellington region at 30 September 2017.

Wellington City
Priority A = 199
Priority B = 69
Total = 268

Lower Hutt City
Priority A = 129
Priority B = 69
Total = 198

Upper Hutt City
Priority A = 33
Priority B = 13
Total = 46

Porirua City
Priority A = 74
Priority B = 55
Total = 129

Total number of applications = 641

Source: Register by priority and TA - 30 September 2017. Ministry of Social Development.
http://www.housing.msd.govt.nz/information-for-housing-providers/register 

Meeting the Housing Needs of Vulnerable Populations in New Zealand

This project aimed to fill the gap in knowledge on housing for vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Source: Transforming Cities, University of Auckland, October 2015.

https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/creative/about/our-faculty/School%20programmes%20and%20centres/Transforming%20Cities/Housing-Vulnerable-Groups.pdf

Affordability and Levels of Renting in Wellington

Median rents in Wellington City are the highest in New Zealand after North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau and Queenstown.

Source: New Zealand Residential Rental Survey, volume 20(1), 2017.
http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/fms/Colleges/College%20of%20Business/School%20of%20Economics%20&%20Finance/research-outputs/mureau/nz-residential-rental/March%202017%20Pub.pdf?CD79404D324C6F0EA988B0192045FA27 

The Trade Me Property Rental Price Index for Wellington showed a 4.5% increase in rent between February 2016 and February 2017.

Source: Trade Me Property Rental Price Index
http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/price-index/for-rent

2013 census figures for Wellington City show that 37% of households were renting, an increase from 33.5% in 2001.

Source: Wellington City: housing tenure. profile.id community profile.
http://profile.idnz.co.nz/wellington/tenure?BMID=30&EndYear=2001

Figures for territorial authorities show that in 2013 Wellington City had the second highest proportion of rented dwellings, higher than both Auckland and Queenstown.

Source: Is New Zealand becoming a nation of renters?
http://blog.id.com.au/2014/population/new-zealand-census-2013/is-new-zealand-becoming-a-nation-of-renters/

Social housing in Wellington

Wellington Region tenure – 2013
The region has lost 1,227 social housing units since 2001, with the share falling from 7.0% to 5.3% in line with broad trend across the country (national share 4.5%).

Wellington City tenure – 2013
The city has lost 543 social housing units since 2001, with the share falling from 5.8% to 4.3%.

Source: Census 2013 (Statistics NZ, 2014). Figures quoted in a presentation by Vicky McLaren, Wellington City Council, to University of Auckland, Transforming Cities and the Centre for Mental Health Research, 21 October 2014.

Between 1986 - 2006 the number of households in Wellington Region that were housed by Housing New Zealand Corporation fell by 33.7%.

Between 1986 - 2006 the number of households in Wellington Region that were housed by local authorities fell by 29.5%.

Source: Statistics New Zealand. Quoted in Census 2006 and Housing in New Zealand. Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa New Zealand, 2007
http://www.digitalnz.org/records/21134141

Affordability and Levels of Home Ownership in Wellington

In a 2016 international survey of housing affordability, homes in Wellington are classed being 'severely unaffordable'.

Source: 13th Annual, Demographia International, Housing Affordability Survey (2016: 3rd Quarter)
http://www.demographia.com/dhi.pdf 

The Trade Me Property Sale Price Index for Wellington showed a 13.2% increase in cost between April 2016 and April 2017.

Source: Trade Me Property Sale Price Index
http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/price-index/for-sale/

2013 census figures for Wellington City show that only 54.9% of households either owned or were buying their own home, a decrease from 58.2% in 2001.

Source: Wellington City: housing tenure. profile.id community profile.
http://profile.idnz.co.nz/wellington/tenure?BMID=30&EndYear=2001

The national level of home ownership dropped from a high of 73.7% in 1986 to 64.8% in 2013.

Source: The falling rate of home ownership in NZ. Research Bulletin 13, CHRANZ 2008.
http://www.chranz.co.nz/pdfs/falling-rate-home-ownership-in-nz-bulletin.pdf

Source: 2013 census quickstats about national highlights. Statistics NZ, 2013
http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/plans-policies-and-bylaws/policies/housing-accord

The national level of home ownership in the Wellington region dropped from a high of 72.7% in 1986 to 63.3% in 2013.  Figures broken down by ethnicity and location are outlined below.

Percentage household ownership 1986

 

     European    Maori    Pacific    All ethnicities
Porirua 75.1 40.6 41.4 63.4
Upper Hutt 84.8 54.3 56.2 81.7
Lower Hutt 80.8 48.7 46.1 75.7
Wellington City    75.3 37.5 39.2 71.4
Total region 78.1 43.8 42.3 72.7

 

Percentage household ownership 2013

 

     European    Maori    Pacific   All ethnicities
Porirua 74.1 44.1 34.0 61.2
Upper Hutt 76.0 51.0 44.8 72.5
Lower Hutt 73.7 44.5 38.8 66.3
Wellington City    64.2 42.9 35.4 60.3
Total region 69.1 44.7 36.4 63.3

 

Source: Changes in home-ownership patterns 1986–2013: Focus on Māori and Pacific people. Statistics New Zealand, 2016.
http://statistics.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/people_and_communities/housing/changing-maori-pacific-housing-tenure.aspx

Housing Supply in Wellington

"Wellington is New Zealand's third largest city with around 200,400 residents and it is estimated that there will be around 246,692 people living in Wellington City by 2043. The City has some 77,466 dwellings and the population is expected to grow at a rate of 0.7% per annum until the year 2043. The number of households in Wellington is also expected to increase by almost 21,388. This means that approximately 715 dwellings a year need to be built to keep pace with population and household growth in Wellington. However, based on the number of new dwellings that have been built over the last decade, it is estimated there is a housing supply shortfall of around 3,842 dwellings."

Source: Wellington City Council Housing Accord. Wellington City Council, June 2014.
http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/plans-policies-and-bylaws/policies/housing-accord

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Dwell Housing Trust provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income. We are more than a landlord - we ensure our tenants have access to the support they need and want to live well, do well and be well.

We believe that affordable, stable and healthy housing is a fundamental right, and that appropriate housing has long-lasting benefits for the people living within those households and the wider community.

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