The Queenstown Lakes district could want for nothing,
according to the latest Socioeconomic Deprivation Index.
The district is home to nine of Otago's 10 least
socioeconomically deprived areas. The Wakatipu area - which
was Otago's second-least deprived area in 2006 - has been
replaced by a number of newly defined census areas which are
all among the least deprived areas in the region.
One of the index's authors, Peter Crampton, said the
population growth and wealth of the Queenstown area was one
of the notable features of the data.
''It is an area where there has been population growth and
it's [the area's low deprivation scores] indicative of the
socioeconomic affluence of those areas,'' he said.
''It's not to say all of Queenstown is well off but it does
indicate it has its fair share of wealth.''
Almost 8000 people in the Queenstown Lakes district live in
areas with deprivation scores of 1, while fewer than 2000
people live in areas with a deprivation score of 6 or lower.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the results were
unsurprising given the district's population growth and
The council was well placed to manage growth and tackle the
''We are always conscious that some in our community are
living on relatively low wages and are confronting issues of
housing affordability, for example,'' she said.
''That is why the council is discussing entering into a
housing accord with the Government.
''As a local authority representing the whole of a very
diverse district, QLDC has to be responsive to the needs of
each part of our community.''