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Personal income by area

New Zealand's three most populous regions have the highest median personal incomes

The regional council areas with the highest gross median incomes from all sources were:

  • Wellington ($32,700)
  • Canterbury ($30,100)
  • Auckland ($29,600).

Regional council areas with the lowest gross median incomes from all sources were:

  • Northland ($23,400)
  • Gisborne ($24,400)
  • Manawatu-Wanganui ($25,000).

For detailed information on median income in local areas, down to very detailed (meshblock) level, see StatsMaps: 2013 Census map – QuickStats about a place.

Map, median personal income by regional council area, 2013 Census.

Wellington city has the highest median personal income of all territorial authorities

Of the 67 territorial authority areas, median personal incomes were highest in:

  • Wellington city ($37,900)
  • Selwyn district ($36,100)
  • Queenstown-Lakes district ($35,200).

Territorial authority areas with the lowest median personal incomes were:

  • Kawerau district ($18,700)
  • Opotiki district ($20,700)
  • Far North district ($21,500).

Of the 21 Auckland local board areas, median personal incomes were highest in:

  • Orakei ($42,700)
  • Devonport-Takapuna ($35,300)
  • Waitemata ($34,700).

Auckland local board areas with the lowest median personal incomes were:

  • Great Barrier ($19,100)
  • Mangere-Otahuhu ($19,700)
  • Otara-Papatoetoe ($21,100).

Auckland region has highest proportion of adults who receive personal income of $15,000 or less

In 2013, 28.8 percent of the census usually resident population count aged 15 years and over received an annual personal income from all sources of $15,000 or less.

Of the 16 regional council areas, the regions with the highest proportion of people having an annual income of $15,000 or less were:

  • Auckland (31.3 percent)
  • Northland (31.1 percent)
  • Gisborne (30.6 percent).

The territorial authority areas with the highest proportion of people having an annual income of $15,000 or less were:

  • Kawerau district (39.1 percent)
  • Opotiki district (35.3 percent)
  • Dunedin city (34.7 percent).

In Auckland, the local board areas with the highest proportion of people having an annual income of $15,000 or less were:

  • Mangere-Otahuhu (42.2 percent)
  • Otara-Papatoetoe (40.1 percent)
  • Great Barrier (37.5 percent).

Growth in median personal income continues to be higher in the South Island

In the seven years from the 2006 Census to the 2013 Census, median personal income from all sources grew by:

  • 24.9 percent in the South Island (compared with 34.7 percent in the five years from the 2001 to the 2006 Census)
  • 13.6 percent in the North Island (compared with 30.9 percent in the five years from the 2001 to the 2006 Census).

The regions with the largest increase in the seven years from the 2006 to the 2013 Census were the West Coast (up $6,500, or 31.9 percent) and Canterbury (up $6,600, or 28.1 percent). The lowest was Northland, where the median personal income from all sources increased by only $2,500 (12.0 percent).

Graph, change in personal income by regional council area, 2001–2006 Censuses and 2006–2013 Censuses.

 

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