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Auckland City plans for growth in central business district (CBD) apartments

The Auckland City Council uses census data to plan for growth in the Auckland CBD. Census data, including age, income profiles, and employment information is combined with other sources to capture a wide picture of people who live in the CBD.

Between 1996 and the 2006 Census the number of apartment dwellers in the Auckland CBD more than quadrupled from 2,805 to 13,311. This accounted for more than 70 percent of growth in apartment dwellers nationwide.

Census information helps the council plan the services that CBD residents need such as infrastructure, transport, parks, and other community services. Having a clear profile of CBD residents allows the council to make informed decisions to achieve the best outcomes for the people and businesses located there.

2006 Census data was used to help bring additional broadband services to the Auckland CBD. The data was used to profile the area, focusing on topics such as occupation and household income. This led to new and better targeted investment from telecommunication companies, and resulted in additional fibre-rich services and greater broadband affordability for Auckland’s CBD residents and visitors.

Thames-Coromandel plans for the peak periods

Warm weather and pristine beaches make the Coromandel Peninsula an attractive Christmas holiday spot for thousands of New Zealanders.

Each summer, the population in the Thames-Coromandel District peaks, particularly in major holiday destinations such as Whangamata, Pauanui, Whitianga and Matarangi. The Thames-Coromandel District Council needs to assess the impact this population influx has on local services including water supply, sewerage treatment, roads and parks.

Information from the 2006 Census was a starting point to determine the number of dwellings in the district and its major holiday destinations. This was combined with data on the number of building consents, and a door-to-door survey during the busy summer period to help estimate a peak population. This research showed that 137,700 people crowded the peninsula's beaches, towns and campgrounds on New Year’s Eve in 2007. This was over five times the usually resident population of about 26,000.

All residents and holiday goers to the district will benefit from the council’s effective planning for peak periods. For instance, knowledge of the peak population numbers helped determine the required capacity of wastewater treatment plants being built along the eastern seaboard in Whangamata, Tairua/Pauanui and Whitianga.


The state of Rotorua's environment

Population is one factor that influences the management of New Zealand’s environment. Councils need to understand how population changes in their regions affect their local environment.

The Rotorua District Council used information from the past three censuses to evaluate how the district’s population was changing over time. They found that in the five-year period from 1996, Rotorua’s population fell very slightly, but then grew by 2.2 percent between 2001 and 2006 to almost 66,000 usual residents. The council then determined how this increase would affect Rotorua’s natural environment. The result is the publication of the district's State of the Environment Report 2007, which identifies environmental areas for improvement for the next reporting period.

This report is used as a reference when making decisions for the region. For example, council engineers consulted the report to determine future water needs for areas within the district. They compared this with expected water supply and were pleased to see that current supply is keeping pace with increasing population demands. The report was also used in reviewing the district plan, which is a key planning document for the council, and a valuable resource for local community groups and schools.


Water resources for a thirsty Wellington

Wellington region ranks third in population size out of New Zealand’s 16 regions. Surrounded by hills and rivers, it has a good natural supply of water from rivers and aquifers.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council monitors the use of water sources carefully to ensure a reliable supply in the future. Information from the 2006 Census showed that Wellington’s population grew by 6 percent (or 25,000 people) since 2001. Information about resident population trends are important to the council, so that it can determine when it needs to expand the region's water network.

The council is planning a water supply strategy using 2006 Census population information together with population projections. The strategy will investigate new water supplies, such as the Hutt River, the Lower Hutt aquifer, and the Wainuiomata River. The four cities of the Wellington region will benefit from this planning, with the likelihood of a water shortage being kept to a low level.


Water supply planning in Hastings

Fresh drinking water is essential for any community. Councils around the country are always looking at ways to future proof their districts, and water supply is integral to these plans.

Using 2006 Census data at the area unit level, the Hastings District Council was able to identify areas of population growth. For example, Te Mata has grown 73 percent since 2001. Population projections also help the council to see where growth is likely to continue. Growing areas would need additional capacity in their water supply over the next five years, and beyond.

Also within the district are small areas that do not have sufficient access to a clean water supply, which is a public health concern. For these areas, deprivation was measured using a range of 2006 Census information including income, home ownership, highest qualification and access to telecommunications. This measure was then used to support funding applications to central government. For instance, Waipuka has applied for assistance through the Ministry of Health’s Technical and Capital Assistance Programmes. Local marae in Pakipaki and Omahu are doing the same. The higher the deprivation index the more likely assistance will be given and at a greater rate.

Growing areas are now benefiting from consistent water supplies through accurate planning, and the district as a whole is enjoying the reduced likelihood of water shortages. Outlying areas with people of relatively low incomes are also looking forward to equitable access to clean water.

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