Rented dwellings by type of landlord

By Aaron Schiff 12/04/2015

I haven’t forgotten about my Census Challenge, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a post. The next question summarises rented dwellings by type of landlord. There’s one category for private landlords (individuals, businesses, or trusts) and three categories of “social” landlord: local government agencies, Housing New Zealand, and other central government agencies. I’ve grouped these three into a single “social” category, and done some simple bar charts (sometimes the old ways are fine!) of the Census data by region.

Note: I realise it’s a topical issue but I don’t know enough about the government’s current social housing policy to make any sensible comments on that. This is just a presentation of some selected aspects the Census data.

First, here is a chart of the proportion of all rented dwellings where the landlord is in the “social” category that I defined above. There’s variation across regions, from under 10% in Tasman to around 25% in Gisborne, and all regions show a decline in this proportion from 2001 to 2013.


When you look at the number of rented dwellings provided by all types of social agency, differences across regions obviously reflect the population of each region. In some regions there have been reductions in the number of dwellings provided by social agencies. But a few regions, notably Auckland, saw an increase between 2006 and 2013.


The last chart I’ve made breaks down the “social” category into central government (ie Housing NZ plus other central government) and local government agencies. Again there’s some variation across regions — in Tasman and Otago around one-third of social housing (as I’ve defined it) is provided by local government agencies, whereas in Auckland it’s around 5% currently. In Auckland also there seems to have been a significant shift between central and local government provision between 2001 and 2006. Changes in this split in other regions are mixed.