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Grandparents in a parental role

Grandparents in parental role highest in Auckland region

Information from the census on grandparents in parenting roles covers situations in which grandchildren and grandparents live in the same household, and the parents of the children are not in the household.

There were 9,543 grandparents in a parental role at the time of the 2013 Census. Just over two-thirds (6,429) of these grandparents were in 'couple with children' families.

In 2013, the Auckland region had the highest number of grandparents in a parental role, with 2,571 people (26.9 percent).

The regions with the next-highest numbers of grandparents in a parental role were:

  • Waikato – 1,410 people (14.8 percent)
  • Bay of Plenty – 921 people (9.7 percent).
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