John Clent, formerly of Christchurch, is one of 648 people
who have moved to Mosgiel since the last census was taken
in 2006. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Mosgiel and surrounds may still be Dunedin's
fastest-growing area, but growth is slowing.
The latest census results, released last week, show the rate
of population growth in Mosgiel - the Taieri Times has
included Wyllies Crossing, East Taieri, and Wingatui - has
Between 2001 and 2006, the population of Mosgiel grew 6.5% to
11,970 people, compared with only 1% growth in the previous
But between 2006 and 2013, the growth rate dropped to 5.5%.
The population of the town now stands at 12,618 and most of
the growth is in Wingatui and East Taieri.
The other fastest-growing areas in southern Dunedin are
Saddle Hill, Outram and the wider Taieri.
Dunedin City Council city development manager Dr Anna Johnson
said Mosgiel's slow-down in growth probably simply reflected
the city-wide slow-down.
The growth spurt during the late 2000s may have reflected a
latent demand for sites, realised with the rezoning of land
in the mid-2000s that led to rapid subdivision and
residential development in Mosgiel.
While slow population growth meant the city was leaning
towards an oversupply of land in absolute terms, it was
unlikely fields around Mosgiel would sit developed and empty,
as growth was expected to continue until the existing
capacity was used up, she said.
The council intended to analyse the results of the census in
each suburb and settlement before finalising any future zone
boundaries or providing final recommendation on any new
future urban development areas and when they should be
released, she said.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand Dunedin spokeswoman Liz
Nidd said the main attraction of Mosgiel was plenty of flat
Such sites were not easy to come by elsewhere in Dunedin,
which meant Mosgiel represented the ''path of least
resistance'' for those people wanting to build a new home,
It was also less expensive building in Mosgiel than buying a
piece land in a good Dunedin suburb.
''In the better residential areas you can easily pay $280,000
into the $300,000s to get a section, before you start
building, if you are having to bowl something over.''
While an ODT investigation last year revealed most of
those making the move to Mosgiel were from central Dunedin,
Mrs Nidd said some - though not a ''huge number'' - were
Christchurch residents moving south after the quakes.
John Clent (pictured page 1) and his wife Leonie were among
those who had shifted south to escape the aftershocks and
Mr Clent said they initially thought about moving to Central
Otago, but settled on Mosgiel because it was close to a large
city and an airport, which made travelling easier.
He and his wife did not regret making the move in December
''The people of Mosgiel have been fantastic in making us feel
welcome in their community,'' he said.
They still had friends in Dunedin from when they lived in the
city in the 1980s and had ''by chance'' met three other
couples who had moved from Christchurch following the
Even after living in the community for a relatively short
time, he felt Dunedin City Council took Mosgiel for granted
and there was a need for more investment in roads and a new
''The roading around the suburb is not up to [the standard]
you would expect to have in Dunedin.''
He also felt Mosgiel could be improved if businesses invested
in the town and he felt there was room for a cinema in the
The expansion in the past decade at Mosgiel for example, had
brought extra infrastructure and water and sewerage expenses
for the council, although the cost is eventually fully
recovered through development contributions paid by