Housing affordability

Graphs and data on housing affordability trends in Wellington City.

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This graph presents indices of housing affordability to show how this has changed over time. The housing affordability index is the ratio of the average house value to average annual earnings. The rental affordability index is the ratio of the average weekly rent to average weekly earnings.



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This graph shows how the median house price and the number of house sales has changed in Wellington City over time. Since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the median house price in Wellington City has been relatively flat. Although, in 2015 the median house price began significantly increasing and house sales have been decreasing from a high point in 2015.


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This graph presents estimates of rental costs over time, using a 12-month rolling average. Each point on the graph reflects the average rent of the 12 months to that date. The rental costs are estimated using data from the tenancy bond database held by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which records all new rental bonds lodged.


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This graph presents estimates of rental costs over time, split by area, property type and property size. The rental costs are estimated using data from MBIE's tenancy bond database, which records all new rental bonds lodged.


Data Sources

This work includes:

  • Data from Statistics New Zealand, which is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
  • Data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
  • Data from Infometrics and Forecast.ID, prepared for Wellington City Council.

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