Niuean people in New Zealand


  • In 2001, 25 percent of Niuean people aged 15 years and over said they owned or partly owned their own home – similar to the level of 26 percent for the Pacific population. The comparable figure for the total New Zealand population was 55 percent.
  • Niuean men (26 percent) were slightly more likely than Niuean women (23 percent) to own their own home.
  • Niuean people in the older age groups had a higher home ownership rate than their younger counterparts. In 2001, 50 percent of Niueans aged between 45 and 64 years owned their own home, whereas among those aged between 25 and 44 years, the equivalent proportion was 28 percent.
  • As figure 9.1 shows, Niueans born overseas were more likely to own their own home (32 percent) than New Zealand-born Niuean people (18 percent). The older age structure of the overseas-born Niuean population is a contributing factor to this difference.



Rental housing

  • The proportion of Niuean people living in rental accommodation increased from 54 percent in 1991 to 57 percent in 1996 and to 61 percent in 2001. Conversely, the proportion of the Niuean population living in dwellings owned (with or without a mortgage) by a member of the household decreased from 46 percent in 1991 to 43 percent in 1996 and to 39 percent in 2001.
  • The trend away from home ownership mirrors the national situation, with the proportion of the New Zealand population living in rental housing increasing from 25 percent in 1991 to 33 percent in 2001.
  • Among those Niueans living in rental accommodation, 49 percent lived in Housing New Zealand accommodation in 2001 – down from 57 percent in 1996.
  • Proportionately more overseas-born Niuean people living in rental housing were in Housing New Zealand accommodation than those born in New Zealand (55 percent and 46 percent respectively).
  • Of those Niueans living in rented accommodation in 2001, 43 percent lived in households paying less than $150 a week. By comparison, the equivalent proportion for the total New Zealand population was 38 percent.
  • Niuean people are more likely than the Pacific population to pay weekly rent of $200 or more, as figure 9.2 shows.