Canterbury families were more likely to have affordable housing than other families across New Zealand (74.2% vs. 67.3% nationally), and they were the most likely to live well-off areas (66.7% vs. 54.1% nationally), according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.
While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, Canterbury family members scored the highest in the country for being OK with pay and working hours (65.3% vs. 59% nationally), but they also were the most likely to have neighbourhood problems, with only 65.8% reporting that they didn’t have neighbourhood problems compared to 71.8% nationally.
“Canterbury families present a slightly different picture of wellbeing, and their distinctive attributes become even more apparent when you look at the different family types,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
“For example, we found that members of single-parent families with children under 18 in Canterbury were also more likely to have lower scores for mental health, report feelings of being unsafe in their neighbourhood, and have difficulty expressing their identity. Of note, single parents from these families, together with those from Otago, were also more likely to be employed than other single parents with children under 18 across New Zealand.”
In Canterbury, there were 146,367* families at last count.
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