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Indicator 17: temporary-structure dwellings

Discussion

A very small proportion of New Zealand’s usual resident population reside in temporary dwellings. In 2006, 0.4 percent of the usual resident population lived in temporary, private, occupied dwellings. Temporary dwellings are varied and range in type from tents and caravans to yachts and barges.

Some temporary dwellings meet the needs of their inhabitants. In general, however, temporary dwellings may be less habitable than permanent dwellings since some types (for example, tents) cannot provide the same level of shelter as permanent dwellings. Temporary dwellings may also be less suitable than permanent dwellings for several reasons. Inhabitants may have restricted access to network utilities (gas, electricity, telecommunications and water supply) and household and public amenities (for example, refuse collection). Furthermore, it is possible that inhabitants of temporary dwellings may be exposed to discrimination because of their housing situation. For instance, opening a bank account or securing employment may be difficult without a permanent fixed address.

In the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, the regions with the highest proportion of their population living in temporary dwellings were the Tasman, Northland, West Coast and Marlborough. Caution should be taken when comparing dwelling types across censuses as procedures for classifying dwellings have changed. While it can provide an indication of the number of residents in temporary dwellings, the census has limitations for this topic. No information is available on why residents choose to live in temporary dwellings (whether it is a lifestyle choice or because they have no other option).

Graph, Percentage of People Living in Temporary Dwellings.

Tables

21.0 Population usually resident in temporary private occupied dwellings as a percentage of the population usually resident in all private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
21.1 Population usually resident in temporary private occupied dwellings by ethnic group(s), as a percentage of the population usually resident in all private occupied dwellings by ethnic groups(s), 1996, 2001, 2006
21.2 Percentage of population for the population usually resident in temporary private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
21.4 Percentage of population in each age group for the population usually resident in temporary private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006
21.6 Population receiving income support payments as a percentage of the population receiving income from all sources for usual resident temporary private occupied dwellings, 1996, 2001, 2006

Specifications

  • Data source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings
  • Frequency: five yearly (available from 1996 onwards)
  • Geographic level of data availability: New Zealand, regional council, territorial authority and urban area. Data may be available down to area unit level subject to confidentiality.
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