Source: Degrees of Deprivation in New Zealand 2nd edition, p 108
Three areas in Tauranga were among the 30% least deprived areas in New Zealand: Bethlehem East (decile 1) and Matua and Pyes Pa (both decile 3). Conversely, Matapihi, Kairua and Yatton Park were decile 10 areas, while Gate Pa, Greerton, Tauranga Hospital, Sulphur Point and Inlet-Tauranga Harbour were all in decile 9 areas, with Papamoa Beach East, Arataki and Poike in decile 8 areas.
At $16,800, Tauranga’s median personal income was considerably lower than the 2001 national median of $18,500. This reflected the above-average number of older people, many of them retired. A smaller-than-average proportion of residents (26%) received over $30,000 per year (31% nationally), and the number of people with incomes up to $10,000 (27%) was also slightly below average. However, a larger-than-average proportion of residents received between $10,001 and $20,000.