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Dwellings

Number of occupied dwellings on the rise

In greater Christchurch there were 164,229 occupied private dwellings in 2013 – an increase of 1.2 percent since the 2006 Census. There were large increases in Waimakariri (up 17.2 percent) and Selwyn (up 31.0 percent), whereas Christchurch city had a 3.2 percent decrease.

As elsewhere in New Zealand, most occupied dwellings in greater Christchurch are private (99.6 percent). There were 702 occupied non-private dwellings in greater Christchurch in 2013, compared with 636 in 2006.

Almost 10,000 more empty dwellings than in 2006

The number of total unoccupied dwellings in greater Christchurch in 2013 was 20,949 – an increase of 9,381 (81.1 percent) since the 2006 Census.

The number of empty dwellings in greater Christchurch in 2013 was 16,953 – an increase of 9,828 (137.9 percent) since the 2006 Census.

The increase in unoccupied dwellings between 2006 and 2013 was particularly evident in Christchurch city (up 88.4 percent) and Waimakariri (up 77.7 percent). The increase in Selwyn (26.3 percent) was closer to the national increase of 16.4 percent.

Unoccupied dwellings
By greater Christchurch territorial authority area
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Greater Christchurch territorial authority  2006 Census  2013 Census Percentage change for unoccupied dwellings
2006–2013
  
 Residents away Empty dwellings(1)  Total unoccupied dwellings Residents away    Empty dwellings(1) Total unoccupied dwellings
Waimakiriri district  375  552 927 402 1,245 1,647 77.7
Christchurch city 3,597 5,844 9,441 3,228 14,556 17,784 88.4
Selwyn district 471 732 1,200 363 1,152 1,515 26.3
Greater Christchurch 4,443 7,125 11,568  3,996  16,953 20,949 81.1
1. See a definition of empty dwellings
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Large decline in occupied private dwellings within the four avenues

At the time of the 2013 Census, there were 2,265 occupied private dwellings within central Christchurch (the area we refer to as the four avenues). This was 36.6 percent fewer than in 2006. Further, there were 861 unoccupied private dwellings in this area in 2013, an increase of 76.1 percent from the 2006 Census.

 Map, Change in occupied private dwellings, by greater Christchurch area unit, 2006 and 2013 Census.

 

Decreases of 200 or more occupied private dwellings
By greater Christchurch area unit
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Area unit Number of dwellings Change 2006–2013 Censuses
2006 Census 2013 Census Number Percent
Contains areas in the residential red zone(1)
Avondale 1,689 945 -744 -44.0
Burwood  1,146 417 -729 -63.6
Bexley 1,560 885 -675 -43.4
Dallington 1,386 738 -648 -46.8
Avonside 1,311 723 -588 -44.9
Rawhiti 2,079 1,485 -594 -28.6
Travis 1,137 837  -300 -26.4
Aranui 1,584  1,281 -303 -19.1
Richmond South 1,203  960 -243 -20.2
Central Christchurch city (four avenues)(2)
Hagley Park 897 459 -438 -48.8
Avon Loop 2,253 1,641 -612 -27.2
Cathedral Square   420  165 -255 -60.7
Kaiapoi
Kaiapoi East 837 366 -471 -56.3
Port Hills
Mt Pleasant 1,644 1,224 -420 -25.5
Moncks Bay  1,485 1,182 -303  -20.4
Sumner 1,602 1,386 -216 -13.5
1. This does not correspond to the residential red zone defined by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). See a definition of the most damaged red zone areas
2. 
See a definition of four avenues
Source: Statistics New Zealand

 

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