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Percentage of the median household income required to afford a median market rent

This map illustrates what proportion of the median household income would need to be spent in different territorial authorities to afford a median-priced rental. 

The median household income is based on a variety of sources provided by StatsNZ. Market rent is based on the cost of recently lodged rental bonds, rather than the full rental stock.

This chart is based on an experimental data series used to indicate rent stress. Because of the experimental nature of these statistics there will be differences between the median rent and sales price calculated by HUD and other published sources.

Heatmap

Red shades indicate lower levels of affordability, and blue shades higher. Data are from March 2021.

Map of New Zealand, with red shades indicating lower levels of affordability, and blue shades higher. The figures for each region are in the data table below.

Source: Weekly Rent - MBIE/Tenancy Services; Income - modelled from Stats NZ sources.

Data table

Territorial Authority Name

Percentage of the median household income required to afford a median market rent

Far North District

38.6

Whangarei District

38.1

Kaipara District

42.6

Thames-Coromandel District

38.6

Hauraki District

36.3

Waikato District

25.5

Matamata-Piako District

30.8

Hamilton City

33.1

Waipa District

31.3

Otorohanga District

23.4

South Waikato District

30.5

Waitomo District

24.4

Taupo District

32.6

Western Bay of Plenty District

33.3

Tauranga City

40.2

Rotorua District

35.2

Whakatane District

33.1

Kawerau District

41.2

Opotiki District

34.5

Gisborne District

35.6

Wairoa District

30.4

Hastings District

35.9

Napier City

40.7

Central Hawke's Bay District

30.1

New Plymouth District

33.9

Stratford District

30.1

South Taranaki District

31.8

Ruapehu District

28.7

Wanganui District

38.0

Rangitikei District

29.8

Manawatu District

31.3

Palmerston North City

31.6

Tararua District

27.5

Horowhenua District

42.8

Kapiti Coast District

38.6

Porirua City

30.9

Upper Hutt City

32.7

Lower Hutt City

33.9

Wellington City

27.6

Masterton District

34.3

Carterton District

32.5

South Wairarapa District

32.9

Tasman District

35.9

Nelson City

36.4

Marlborough District

35.6

Kaikoura District

26.3

Buller District

36

Grey District

28.6

Westland District

26.9

Hurunui District

26.6

Waimakariri District

28.6

Christchurch City

30.9

Selwyn District

24.9

Ashburton District

24.8

Timaru District

28.1

Mackenzie District

25.5

Waimate District

24.5

Waitaki District

29.2

Central Otago District

33

Queenstown-Lakes District

26.7

Dunedin City

38

Clutha District

24.5

Southland District

22

Gore District

26.3

Invercargill City

28.4

Auckland

31.5

Published: November 19, 2021

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