The number of homeowners in New Zealand continues to fall,
with less than half of all Kiwis owning their own property,
new Census figures show.
In 2013, 49.8 per cent of people aged 15 years and over owned
or partly owned the home they lived in, compared with 53.2
per cent in 2006, according to census results released by
Statistics New Zealand today.
"The decline in home ownership occurred across all age
groups, from those in their 20s to those in their 70s, with
the largest falls for those in their 30s and 40s," said
Gareth Meech, Census 2013 general manager.
"In 2013, 43.0 per cent of people aged 30-39 years owned or
partly owned their home, down from 54.6 per cent in 2001."
2013 Census Quickstats about housing, which contains detailed
information about New Zealand's housing stock, also reveals
trends in the number, type, and size of the dwellings we are
"The housing information released today gives us valuable
insight into how New Zealanders are living, and how that's
changing over time," Mr Meech said.
Joined dwellings, like flats and apartments, are becoming
more common in our main centres, now accounting for 37.0 per
cent of occupied private dwellings in Wellington city.
And, while the standard Kiwi three-bedroom home remains most
common, the last 12 years had seen steady growth in the
number of four- and five-bedroom dwellings.
It also found that more New Zealanders are using electricity
to heat their homes and fewer are using gas, wood, or coal.
In 2013, electricity was used for heating in 79.2 per cent of
occupied private dwellings, up from 74.8 per cent in 2006,
and 72.0 per cent in 2001."
Other key Census points:
* Average annual growth between 2006 and 2013 for occupied
dwellings was 0.9 per cent - lower than in any other period
between censuses from 1981 onwards.
* One in 10 dwellings were unoccupied on Census night, with
the number of unoccupied dwellings increasing in every region
since 2006, although there was little change in the Auckland
* Use of gas, wood, and coal as heating fuels declined.
Bottled gas decreased the most, used in 15.4 per cent of
occupied private dwellings in 2013, compared with 27.7 per
cent in 2006.