Family wellbeing in Manawatu and Whanganui: how does it compare to the nation?

Families living in Manawatu and Whanganui are likely to feel safe at home and work and have easy access to services, according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.

The data, which looked at family wellbeing across the nation, shows that Manawatu and Whanganui families were relatively similar to other families around the country but they were less likely to live in well-off areas.

“Every region has a slightly different profile – from family ethnicity, to family type to how they scored on our wellbeing indicators. The combined regions of Manawatu and Whanganui were fairly close to the national average, but our data showed that there were a smaller proportion of families from these regions living in well-off areas (37.9% vs. 54.1% nationally). Of note, couples over 50 were less likely to have adequate income or to feel safe at night, compared to other couples their age in New Zealand,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.

“Manawatu and Whanganui family members were also more likely to have done voluntary work* (50.2% vs. 45.8% nationally), suggesting that they had good connections with their community.”

In Manawatu and Whanganui, there were 58,983** families at last count.

See our factsheet on the wellbeing of Manawatu and Whanganui 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.”

*Results based on those who had done voluntary work in the four weeks leading up to the 2013 Census.

** Source: 2013 Census

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Last update: 13 Feb 2017