A Great Bar­rier snap­shot


Busi­ness premises, in­clud­ing lodges and homes, are heated with wood­stoves/ burn­ers. Power is so­lar or gen­er­a­tor­driven. Wa­ter is col­lected off the roof, mainly, for tanks. If you want ‘off- the- grid liv­ing’ this is the place.

Tourism pro­vides the ma­jor busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and is the main source of em­ploy­ment – ac­count­ing for one-in-five jobs. Me­dian in­come has risen from around $11,000 in 2006 to $ 30,300 in 2016.

GDP growth of 3.5 per­cent, in broadly the same pe­riod, was bet­ter than Auck­land’s 2.3.

There are far fewer res­i­dents in the 15 to 34 age group as many leave for ed­u­ca­tion and work. ‘Labour­ers’ and ‘Com­mu­nity and per­sonal ser­vice work­ers’ are the only two em­ploy­ment cat­e­gories where the Is­land is ahead of the rest of Auck­land.

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