Population and port mean more renters needing places to live up North
Last year, Northland had some of NZ’s fastest-rising house prices. Now, we’re the fastest-growing region in the country. Whangarei appears to have hit 90,000 residents in its wider area, according to Statistics New Zealand’s figures from the Census. That’s just over half of the 179,000 people living in Northland.
One of the key reasons for the region’s good news is Northport. Thanks to some helpful government ministers, Whangarei’s is well placed to receive more freight including car imports, picking up Auckland’s slack. Combine that with an improved rail link between Swanson and Whangarei and the consequential growth in jobs, it all adds up to fresh workers coming into the city and needing places to live. These are perfect conditions for anyone wishing to make the most of their investment property.
Whangārei District Council’s CEO Rob Forlong pointed media to Marsden Point, Ruakaka and Mangawhai, areas which are nearing the population of Kaikohe. Forlong also pointed out Tikipunga, Maunu and Three Mile Bush have been noted as neighbourhoods where there’s been a big increase in houses being built.