At the end of 2005, Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) managed 1,068 dwellings in Tauranga District. The largest number (15%) was in Yatton Park, followed by Welcome Bay (11%), Tauranga South (10%), and Tauranga Hospital (9%). Other areas containing significant numbers of HNZC properties were Brookfield, Arataki and Gate Pa, and Te Maunga.
More than half of Tauranga’s state housing stock comprised three-bedroom dwellings. Two-bedroom properties were the next most common.
At the end of December 2005, around 200 people were on HNZC’s waiting lists in Tauranga, including 82 waiting for two-bedroom properties, 46 for three-bedroom properties, and 43 for one-bedroom properties. In the year ended December 2005, just under 450 new applicants were added to the HNZC waiting list in Tauranga, 190 from the waiting list were successfully housed, and just over 220 applicants left the waiting list without being placed in HNZC properties.
Tenancy Services data for the six months ending May 2006 showed that three-bedroom houses were the most popular rental properties in Tauranga District. Overall, weekly rents were around the national average, with areas such as Mt Maunganui and Papamoa commanding above-average sums while areas such as Tauranga Central, Greerton and Welcome Bay charged below-average rents.
At the end of March 2005, around 6,740 Tauranga residents11 received the Accommodation Supplement – down by just over 1,310 from the end of March 2002. Almost four in every 10 Accommodation Supplement recipients also received the DPB Sole Parent or Emergency Maintenance Allowance. Eighteen percent of recipients were Non-beneficiaries, 16% were on the Invalid’s Benefit and 15% on the Sickness Benefit. Sixty five percent of Accommodation Supplement recipients were in rented accommodation, 18% were boarding, and 17% owned their own home.
Early Childhood Education
At 1 July 2004, there were 4,790 children on the regular rolls of early childhood education service providers in Tauranga12 (including a small number of 5 year-olds). This meant 67% of children aged 0-4 years were in early childhood education, slightly above the national level.
As was the case nationwide, 4 year-olds made up the largest proportion of early childhood enrolments in Tauranga in mid-2004 (35%). Three year-olds constituted another 27%, equating to 90% of the estimated number of 3 year-olds and more than the estimated number of 4 year-olds. This suggested some children were enrolled with more than one provider.
In mid-2004, there were two main types of early childhood education provider in the Tauranga District which together accounted for almost three-quarters of all regular enrolments: education and care centres13 (54% of total enrolments), and free kindergartens (20%). There were 11 home-based networks14, accounting for 8% of enrolments, a higher proportion than networks nationwide (5%). Other early childhood education providers in Tauranga included six playcentres, 13 kōhanga reo, nine ECD playgroups15 and an ECD-funded Pacific Early Childhood Group.
The numbers and types of Tauranga schools, and their rolls, as at July 2004 were:
Number and type of tauranga schools and their rolls (as at
11This number excludes recipients who also receive New Zealand Superannuation.
12Early childhood education statistics count enrolments and not children. It is possible for one child to be enrolled in two services at the same time and be counted twice.
13Education and Care Centres provide either sessional, all-day, or flexible hour programmes for children from birth to school age. They can be privately owned, non-profit making, or operated as an adjunct to the main purpose of a business or organisation.
14Homebased services are a cluster of homes under the supervision of a homebased co-ordinator. The co-ordinator places children with caregivers in approved homes for an agreed number of hours per week.
15Early Childhood Development (ECD) funded playgroups are community based groups of parents and children who meet for one to three sessions per week.