Auckland's size, growth and resulting congestion mean addressing the city's transport issues is a key focus for the government.

From time to time, the Ministry commissions research to better understand Auckland's transport issues.

Journey to Work Patterns in the Auckland Region

The results from the 2013 Census provide an opportunity to better understand Auckland’s journey to work patterns, and in particular, see what changes have occurred since the 2006 Census.

The Ministry of Transport commissioned Richard Paling Consulting Ltd to undertake an analysis of the journey to work data from the 2013 Census. The work covers:

  • commuting patterns in Auckland from 2001 to 2013
  • comparisons with commuting patterns of Australian cities
  • journey to work patterns by sub-regional areas, local board areas, and census area units (CAU)
  • commuting movements to selected key employment centres and from selected residential areas
  • changes associated with investment in the rail corridor and Northern Busway
  • commuting movements across the Waitemata Harbour
  • impact of transport investment on land use.

The report, entitled Journey to Work Patterns in the Auckland Region, can be found below.

Big city life? Challenges and trade-offs for Auckland city

In May 2014, NZIER released the report Big city life? Challenges and trade-offs for Auckland city (external link) . The report aims to help inform debate on Auckland's urban structure. It examines the impact of the city's constrained geography and uses a simple economic model to show the effect on housing costs of improving transport infrastructure, lifting house construction productivity, and extending the urban limit.

Big city life? was funded by the Reserve Bank, the Treasury, the Ministry of Transport and NZIER’s public good programme, which supports research into areas of general interest to New Zealanders. You can read more on NZIER’s website (external link) .