Residential mobility of young New Zealand families Event as iCalendar

29 June 2015 - 30 June 2015

8:30am - 4:15pm

Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Location: University of Waikato, Hamilton



Presentation by Growing Up in New Zealand Associate Director Dr Polly Atatoa Carr at the Population Association of New Zealand (PANZ) conference 'Our People Our Places' in Hamilton/New Zealand

This presentation will provide an overview of the report on Residential Mobility first released by Growing Up in New Zealand in late 2014. The key findings of that report suggest that moving house is a frequent event in the lives of young New Zealand families and the level of residential mobility is greater than that demonstrated in other comparable cohorts such as that of the Millennium Cohort in the UK. Notably between birth and two years of age, 45.3% of children had moved at least once, and 38% had moved twice or more.

The key determinant of residential mobility was housing tenure. Families living in private rental accommodation were the most likely to move followed by those living in public rentals and those in their own homes. Approximately two thirds of families moving from a private rental house were moving to another private rental house.

The degree of residential mobility of young families has important implications for the planning of and the location and provision of services that young families interact, importantly those relating to health and education. We will discuss what these results might mean for policy related to these areas.

For more information visit the New Zealand’s Population Conference website