Auckland housing and travel preferences
A survey of over 3000 Aucklanders reveals new insights into people’s neighbourhood, housing and travel preferences.
About the survey
Auckland Council, the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and Victoria University of Wellington worked together to complete an independent study.
The survey aimed to understand how Aucklanders choose between different types of housing and neighbourhoods. It drew on the People’s Panel, a way for Aucklanders to have their say by taking part in surveys.
When: December 2015
The survey found a gradual shift from standalone houses to townhouses and apartments.
“It’s notable that, when people face constrained choices, but take into account affordability, neighbourhood and travel, they don’t necessarily indicate a preference for standalone houses,” said Associate Professor Ralph Chapman, who led the survey work.
Presented with various choices to consider, people from a range of backgrounds listed three housing and neighbourhood attributes as most important:
- Affordability – 94%
- A warm and dry house – 92%
- A safe neighbourhood – 88%
People most preferred a location “very close” to the local town centre and CBD (5 minute walk to a town centre and 5-15 minute drive or bus to the CBD) or “fairly close” (10 minute walk to a town centre and 15-30 minute drive or bus to the CBD).
A third of people preferred to drive for their daily commute, while public transport and walking were each preferred by over a quarter of people, reflecting the importance of easy access to public transport. Cycling was the least preferred mode of transport (11%).
Common housing issues raised were homes that were too small, expensive, cold / difficult to heat, or in poor condition.
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Victoria University of Wellington and New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities for Auckland Council, 2016