Health and wellbeing: how do Taranaki families score against the national average?

Data released by Superu shows how Taranaki families perform against other New Zealand families on wellbeing indicators such as employment, housing, health and family connections.

“Every region has a slightly different profile – from family ethnicity, to family type to how they scored on our wellbeing indicators. While the differences between regions were relatively small, we found that children from Taranaki families were the most likely to report that they have fun together as a family (74.4% vs. 69.2% nationally),” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.

“Of note, Taranaki had the highest proportion of families with a disabled family member. 70.3% of families reported not having a disabled family member versus 76.7% nationally, with couples under 50 in Taranaki being more likely to have a disability. Family members in Taranaki were also less likely to have gone on to higher education than other family members across New Zealand – 56.7% had done post-secondary education vs. 62.9% nationally.”

In Taranaki, there were 30,081* families at last count.

See our factsheet on the wellbeing of Taranaki 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

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Last update: 13 Feb 2017