Data released by Superu shows that West Coast and Tasman families performed fairly well against other New Zealand families on wellbeing indicators such as housing, and their sense of identity and belonging.
“While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data highlighted that West Coast and Tasman families had a good sense of identity and belonging, with 87.5% saying that they could easily express their identity and 94.5% reporting they weren’t discriminated against, suggesting accepting and tolerant communities. However, they were the least likely to report feeling safe at home (89.6% vs. 94% nationally) and at work (93.6% vs. 95.8%),” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
Of note, the West Coast and Tasman had the highest proportion of couples where one or both were over 50 years old. They represented 40% of all family types in the region compared to 30% at a national level.
In the West Coast and Tasman regions, there were 22,215* 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