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Indicator 9: tenure holders

Discussion

Owner occupier or tenure holder measures whether an individual owns or partly owns the dwelling they usually live in.

In 2006, the percentage of New Zealand adults that do not own their usual residence was slightly higher than in 2001. Older New Zealand adults are less likely to rent their usual residence than their younger counterparts. Older New Zealand adult home owners have benefited from a sustained period of house or farm price inflation paid for by increased borrowing by new buyers, which in turn was largely financed from borrowing by banks overseas. Younger generations were paying for the wealth transfer in the form of reduced housing affordability, higher debts, or by forgoing home ownership altogether.

This indicator explores the ethnic and age composition, sex, personal income and place of birth for this sector of the population, thereby attempting to identify the type of New Zealanders who either own or do not own their usual residence.

In 2006, 69.5 percent of New Zealand adults in the Waimakariri district owned or partly owned the dwelling they lived in, the highest proportion of any territorial authority. Auckland City had the lowest proportion of home owners at 41.1 percent in 2006. The proportion for the Kawerau District was equal to the national proportion of 53.2 percent.

Tables

5.0 Tenure holder for usual adult resident, 2001, 2006
5.2 Tenure holder by ethnic group for usual adult resident, 2001, 2006
5.3 Tenure holder by place of birth for usual adult resident, 2001, 2006
5.4 Tenure holders by age and sex for usual adult resident 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 and territorial authority. Data may be available down to area unit level subject to confidentiality.
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