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Our Community

The Napier City Council Community Profile provides city-wide and neighbourhood profiling to inform community groups, investors, business, students and the general public. It’s formatted to present data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.

Our city, our people

Napier City Council Community Profile includes population statistics from the 2001, 2006 and 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings.

Napier City Council Community Profile provides city-wide and neighbourhood profiling to inform community groups, investors, business, students and the general public. To achieve this, the Profile is formatted to present population data in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary.

Understand our community

  • What are our characteristics?

  • How have we changed?

  • How do we compare to other areas?

View our Community Profile

The Pulse of Napier Te Pūnaha Kakapa a Ahuriri

The Pulse of Napier is a data dashboard that provides a huge range of Napier-specific social, economic and environmental measures in one dashboard.  

The dashboard includes data such as housing affordability, housing deprivation, eftpos data, pedestrian and cycling activity, mental wellbeing, business resilience, crime rates and locations and benefit claimants. Information is sourced from several different public and private entities. The great majority of the data is already publicly available. All sources are listed in the relevant dashboards.

Community Advice provides support, information and resources to the local community, not for profit and voluntary sector in Napier.

  • Advice to start or support your community project
  • Assist with governance and management
  • Council grants to support community groups and projects
  • Looking for possible funders for your project or assist your community group
  • Searching for a local community group
  • Link up with other community groups and networks
  • Safe Communities
  • Sharing information and news with the wider community
  • News about other community activities and projects
  • School Holiday Programmes in Napier
  • Volunteer opportunities or access to use volunteers
  • Affordable community office space to lease or hire
  • Art in public places

Every two years NCC's Community Services team asks Napier citizens a series of questions to assess their current quality of life. The findings from this survey help us formulate policies and initiatives to enhance the social wellbeing of our community.

Learn more about - Napier Social Monitor Survey 

The Napier City Socio-Demographic profile has been prepared for the Council by the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)to provide an overview of how our demography has changed over the last couple of decades primarily due to migration and ageing, how it is likely to change over the next 20 years, and the impacts this may have for future planning.

Some of the key findings of the study are:

  • As elsewhere, Napier's population is ageing however like many 'rural' areas its ageing is accelerated due to sustained net migration loss at young adult ages which has caused a deep 'bite' to develop in the age structure across ages 20-39 years.
  • The population of Napier City is projected to peak at around 2021 and then decline slightly. Overall population decline is projected for all age groups up to age 64 which is offset by significant growth in ages 65 and over.
  • Projections show a rapid decline in Napier City's natural increase (births minus deaths) that has significant implications for future growth. It is projected that there will be more elderly than children around 2016 (compared to 2021 for total New Zealand) and a smaller proportion of adults at the key reproductive ages (21-22 percent compared with 25-27 percent for total New Zealand).
  • The ageing structure has important implications for the labour market. The labour market 'entry/exit' ratio (15-24/55-64 years) has fallen steadily since 1996, from 1.54 people at entry age for every 1.0 person at exit age, to just 1.04 people at entry age in 2010. By comparison the ratio is 1.32 people at entry age for every 1.0 person exiting for the total New Zealand population.
  • It is projected that the labour market entry/exit ratio will fall below 1.0 between 2016 and 2021.
  • Entry/exit ratios in key industries are generally lower that for all of New Zealand and are declining at a faster rate, pointing to an urgent need to engage in succession planning, especially in Government Administration and Marketing/Business Services industries.

Napier city offers a range of activities and opportunities for young people. Napier City Council encourages youth development in several ways including providing recreational facilities, leadership development, programmes, events and activities.

Developed over several years, the new Napier Youth Strategy was formally adopted in December 2018. It prioritises six objectives which build on the Youth Services Plan and have been further shaped by the Napier Youth Council.

Objectives - Ngā Whāinga

  1. Healthy and safe- Young people are thriving in all aspects of their lives, are well supported and know how to get help. 
  2. Leadership- Young people have opportunities to participate and achieve their goals.
  3. Education- Young people are engaged in education and every young person has options for learning.
  4. Employment- Young people are ready to work, know what they want to do and how to get there.
  5. Community- Young people know how to get involved in their community.
  6. Fun- Young people have access to a range of activities and are able to have loads of fun.

Youth Centre Pop-ups

Napier City Council supports several Youth Centre Pop-ups during the year. For a few days at a time, in a Napier suburb, we transform a trailer into a funky youth centre, a music studio, skating base, to a computer hub and everything in between. The pop-ups are facilitated by Zeal  on our behalf, who employ local young people to run the project.

Tools for the teenage years 

Where to get help for Youth 

Youth Development Fund 

Community Strategies 


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