Population Statistics & Use

Population figures are derived from national census statistics which undergo a series of adjustments to determine a value that is of use to local government.

With FDC this census-adjusted figure was used for Patumahoe to determine infrastructure requirements and Parks & Reserves allocations. The most recently updated figures (Oct 2010) applied district averages and did not take into account the large scale development underway. Accordingly, these adjustments do not reflect current and future use of our community facilities and reserves.

Although the infrastructure capacity limits the number of residential dwellings that can be serviced by the infrastructure network – rural villages also encompass the wider area which includes households that have their own stormwater and wastewater management systems. There is also pressure on Auckland Council to provide an extra 27 dwellings a day to keep up with the current population growth – and communities with existing infrastructure are the first choice for doing so.

Also, because of the thriving community and business services offered by Patumahoe village – the “locals” are not restricted even to the census boundaries. Many villagers come from Glenbrook, Mauku, Puni and beyond. So in terms of Parks & Reserves and community spaces – this population figure needs to be revised.

As mentioned above, Franklin District Council used its own formula to allocate Parks & Reserves, using defined population figures. The basis of their population figures is the national census, to which boundaries are applied in order to come up with the village population:

2006 Census population figures for Patumahoe are: 2,259 residents 738 Dwellings

Unfortunately, due to the cancellation of 2011 Census any figures will be extrapolated from these 2006 figures rather than updated 2011 actual statistics which may have included some of the new dwellings.

Using these base 2006 figures, FDC defined Patumahoe to have a population of 971 – with 450 households. The catchment area of this figure is fairly limited remaining within the village residential boundaries as they have been defined.

This current figure inherited from FDC by Auckland Council is misleadingly conservative, and should be discarded for use in planning until it can be replaced by an accurate reflection of village population and use.

In terms of infrastructure capacity, Patumahoe connects to the Tuakau treatement plant for sewage, and an ongoing stormwater legacy project from FDC is already underway.

 

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