PONSONBY THE PROCESS OF GENTRIFICATION BEGAN IN 19
For the decades the area had been inhabited by students and low income earners and had a large immigrants Pacific Island population.
Increased property prices and rents stated to push many of these people out of the area.
People moved to other low income areas of Auckland mainly South Auckalnd
Professionals people were attracted by the accessibility of the area to work and amenities as well as by the architecture of the suburbs victorian villas.
Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and Grey Lynn began to have Pakeha population on middle to high incomes with few children.
Over time the social and economic conditions of the area changed resulting in a different socio-economic and/or ethnic residental pattern.