Youth mobilities in the Southern Initiative, Auckland: transport practices and experiences of 15-24 year olds


Amanda Gilbertson,Bianca Wildish,Emma Fergusson,Jessica Terruhn,Kathryn Ovenden

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Demographics and society, Education and skills, Infrastructure, Transport


Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU


This research investigates the way in which access to transport affects the lives of people aged 15-24 in the Southern Initiative (TSI) area of Auckland (the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, and Papakura local board areas). Seventy-nine people were interviewed for the study over 10 months in 2014: eight informants with specialised knowledge pertinent to this issue, and 71 TSI youth.

The main topics explored include:

- The travel practices of participants, including the places they go and the modes used

- Their perceptions of different modes of transport, in particular of public transport

- Their experiences of different modes of transport

- Occasions when their transport plans had fallen through, and the impact of this

- How access to transport influenced their decisions and expectations about activities and opportunities

- What would make getting around easier for them

- How they thought the transport system would look in 20 years’ time

Auckland Council technical report, TR2016/014