Housing affordability an issue for one in three city dwellers nationwide

Results of the national biennial Quality of Life survey highlights most residents in New Zealand’s big cities are positive about their quality of life and think their city or local area is a great place to live.

The survey is a collaborative local government research project involving eight councils.

This year, 84 per cent of respondents across the participating cities rated their overall quality of life as positive and 30 per cent said it had improved over the previous 12 months. A similar proportion (80 per cent) agreed that their city (or in the case of Auckland, their local area) was a great place to live.

However, 25 per cent felt that their city or local area had become a worse place to live in the previous 12 months. These concerns mostly related to the issue of traffic congestion and worries about housing affordability and suitability.

The 2018 Quality of Life survey undertaken by Nielsen on behalf of the participating councils had a focus on housing, with the addition of questions related to housing quality and heating as well as homelessness and rough sleeping.

Just over a third (38 per cent) of respondents disagreed that their housing costs were affordable, particularly those in younger age groups, those renting from private landlords and those with children living at home.

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Source: Auckland Council

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