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2018 Whānau
Housing Survey

In 2018, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, along with the University of Otago and the National Science Challenge developed a whānau survey focused specifically on housing and community.

The purpose of the survey was to provide more understanding about current and future housing aspirations of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei membership, as it is important for us to capture up-to-date information.

We received 305 responses from whānau from this survey. Many of the responses came from an online questionnaire, but we also issued hard copy surveys into the mailboxes of those we did not have email addresses for.

Our previous hapū housing strategy survey, Whātua Āhurutanga, identified 7 key objectives and the responses from the 2018 Whānau Housing Survey will help us to respond with accurate data to meet those objectives.

We also delved deeper with specific questions around need, current housing profiles, and affordability, which was a level of detail that was not in the initial strategy. With more information, over time we will be able to track our progress more specifically.

Click here to view the full 2018 Whānau Housing Survey or read on for an overview of the survey findings.

Below is a snapshot of who took part in the survey:

Participants ranged in age from 18 to 99 years. The average age was 42 years. The majority of respondents (76%) are employed or self-employed workers.

We broke down the households of our respondents by size, house type and housing situation - as this information is important to help us gauge what papakāinga housing needs to include, through a thorough understanding of what a typical whānau home looks like.

Household sizes vary from one person up to 14 people, though the average household size is 4.5 people. Almost half (46%) of the existing houses that participants live in contain 3-bedrooms.

Another key learning from the survey was looking at the length of time whānau have spent living in their homes, and the number of times they have moved in the past five years. We looked at cars per household to inform future need for driveways and/or on street parking.

We also need to consider where whānau are based, their current housing situation as well as income and affordability to ensure our plans for future papakāinga developments are realistic to the wants and needs of hapū members.

One of the most important goals for any papakāinga development is to help members achieve their housing aspirations. From the survey findings, we know that housing affordability was the most frequently recognised challenge preventing participants from achieving their housing aspirations with 73% of respondents citing this as their biggest challenge.

The most common aspiration held by respondents of this survey is for participants to own their own house.

Earlier in July, we announced we're in the early planning stages for more whānau housing on Atareta Street and Kupe Street (beside Kāinga Tuatahi). We’ve used kōrero from this survey, Whātua Āhurutanga (our hapū Housing Strategy) and the Ōrākei Papakāinga Development Plan to help guide our initial thoughts and will look to whānau to provide more feedback as we start refining the draft plan.

Do you want to see more? Click here to view the full 2018 Whānau Housing Survey.