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Income

Higher income from wages and salaries in Auckland

New Zealand Income Survey (NZIS) for the June 2015 quarter showed that median weekly income for wage and salary earners was higher in Auckland compared with the rest of New Zealand. In 2015, employees earned a median weekly income of $950 in Auckland, compared with $863 for the rest of New Zealand. Median weekly income for self-employed people was also higher in Auckland compared with the rest of New Zealand ($767 and $671 per week, respectively).

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Graph showing difference between Auckland and the rest of New Zealand in median weekly income from wages and salaries for the period 2006 to 2015.

In 2015, median income from all sources for all people was $640 in Auckland compared with $614 for the rest of New Zealand. (Income from all sources includes ACC payments, benefits or payments from Work and Income, Working for families tax credits, investment income, and superannuation.)

This means that despite the gap in income for wage and salary earners between Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, there was a smaller difference for median weekly income from all sources for all people. This may be partly related to the younger age structure in Auckland; younger people, particularly students, are less likely to earn any income, thus driving down the median income from all sources.

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Graph showing difference between Auckland and the rest of New Zealand in median weekly income from all sources, for the period 2006 to 2015.

Although people in Auckland earn similar incomes to others in New Zealand, the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS) found that in 2014 only 58 percent of Aucklanders believed they earn enough, or more than enough money, to meet their everyday needs. This compared with 65 percent of people in the rest of New Zealand. In contrast, 70 percent of people in Wellington and 67 percent in Canterbury believed they earn enough, or more than enough money. This difference in perceived financial well-being may be related to higher costs of living (such as housing costs) in Auckland, compared with the other main centres.  

Income varies across Auckland’s urban areas

The Auckland region can be split into four urban zones: northern, western, central, and southern. A fifth area – the ‘rest of Auckland’ – includes secondary and minor urban areas (such as Pukekohe and Waiuku), rural areas, and offshore islands.

The June 2015 quarter NZIS showed that median income from all sources differed slightly across the urban areas of Auckland. The western Auckland zone had the lowest median income ($600 per week), while median incomes in the southern Auckland zone and the ‘rest of Auckland’ were slightly higher. The northern and central Auckland zones had the highest levels of median income – $680 and $691, respectively.

Figure 12
Map of Auckland showing median weekly income from all sources for Auckland's urban areas, June 2015 quarter.

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