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Ownership by individuals

'Tenure holder' measures whether an individual aged 15 years and over owns or partly owns the dwelling they usually live in.

Tenure Holder
2001–2006 Censuses
2001 2006
Own or partly own usual residence 1,476,528 1,578,081
Do not own usual residence 1,215,408 1,385,856
Total 2,691,936 2,963,937
  • Over half (53.2 percent) of the usually resident population aged 15 years and over owned or partly owned the dwelling they lived in. This has decreased marginally from 2001 (54.9 percent).
  • Slightly more women than men owned or partly owned the dwelling they lived in – 54.1 percent of adult women, compared with 52.3 percent of adult men. This partly reflects the older age structure of the female population.

Tenure Holder By Sex.

Ownership by age

  • For those aged under 40, there has been a decline in the proportion of usual residents who owned the dwelling they lived in, dropping from 30.2 percent in 2001 to 27.0 percent in 2006.
  • Those aged 70–74 years were more likely than other age groups to own or partly own the dwelling they lived in, both in 2001 and in 2006 (80.6 percent and 79.5 percent, respectively).

Ownership by total personal income

  • Usual residents (aged 15 years and over) with a personal income of $100,000 or more had the highest proportion of owned dwellings in both 2006 (84.8 percent) and 2001 (81.8 percent).

Ownership by ethnic group

  • People identifying with Pacific ethnic groups were least likely to own the dwelling they lived in, at 21.8 percent in 2006. This is partly due to the younger age structure of Pacific ethnic groups.
  • Of the major ethnic groups, those identifying with 'Other ethnicity' were more likely to own the dwelling they lived in (65.3 percent). The 'Other ethnicity', group is largely made up of people who identified themselves as 'New Zealander'.

Graph, Dwelling Owned or Partly Owned by Ethic group, 2006 Census.

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