Auckland families at top of the table for health

Auckland achieved the top score in the country for physical health, according to regional data published by Superu.

While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, Auckland family members were the most likely to describe themselves as physically healthy (56% of respondents were above the median), and the least likely to have a disability (80.9% vs. 76.7% nationally) or to smoke than other region (80% didn’t smoke vs. 77.6% nationally).

“Our regional data shows that Aucklanders have some interesting attributes. They are healthier than any other region, and they have the most diverse family ethnicity profiles. There were 374,337* families in Auckland at last count,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.


Family ethnicity: Auckland vs. New Zealand

  European Māori Pacific Asian Middle Eastern, Latin American & African Other
Auckland 65% 13.5% 15.1% 25.5% 2.3% 2.2%
NZ 79.7% 18.4% 8.0% 13.1% 1.5% 3.0%


Superu’s regional data also showed that Auckland families were less likely to have affordable housing than other families across New Zealand (56.1% had affordable housing vs. 67.3% nationally), which is consistent with high housing prices in the region.

See our factsheet on the wellbeing of Auckland families, or our factsheets for other regions.  

The factsheets look at the predominance of family types in each region, their ethnicity, and their wellbeing. To assess wellbeing, Superu looked at indicators like health, safety and environment, relationships and connections, identity, economic security and housing, and skills and employment, and compared them with other families across New Zealand.

This regional information is based on the data published in Superu’s 2016 Families and Whānau Status Report, which looked at the make-up and wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau. The report drew on multiple datasets such as the Census, the General Social Survey, the Household Economic Survey, the Disability Survey and the Youth Survey.

“This is the first time that a picture of how families are faring has been provided at a broad regional level. It is important to understand family wellbeing, not just individual wellbeing. There may be sub-regional variations but the data does not enable us to gain those insights at this point.”

* Source: 2013 Census


Last update: 13 Feb 2017