Fewer homes using wood and coal fires
Fewer households used wood and coal fires for home heating in 2013, compared with 2006.
In 2013, about a third of homes used wood fires for home heating (37%), a drop from 41% in 2006.
Coal fire use was much less common in New Zealand, and becoming less frequent over time. In 2013, about 61,000 homes (4%) used a coal fire, compared with about 98,000 homes (7%) in 2006.
Figure 1: Number of households using wood or coal fires for heating, 1996-2013
South Island homes are more likely to use wood or coal fires
Households in the South Island are more likely to use wood or coal fires than those in the North Island. Coal fires tend to be used more in the West Coast and the Waikato.
Figure 2: Proportion of households using wood fires as a source for home heating, by territorial authority, 2013
Figure 3: Proportion of households using coal fires as a source for home heating, by territorial authority, 2013
Information about the data
Number of wood and coal fires
Source: New Zealand Census (1996, 2001, 2006, 2013) – Statistics New Zealand
Definition: Number of private dwellings that reported using a wood or coal fire as a source of home heating. Multiple responses were allowed.
For more information, visit the Statistics New Zealand 2013 Census QuickStats about housing