Families living in Marlborough and Nelson were more likely to report adequate income and they were the least likely to smoke, according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.
“The data, which looked at family wellbeing across the nation, showed that Marlborough and Nelson families were relatively similar to other families around the country on many of the indicators, but they really stood out on income, with 83.9% reporting adequate income versus 80% nationally. They were also the least likely to have a smoker in the family, with 80% not having a smoker in the family compared to 77.6% nationally,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
“There were also some differences across a few family types. For example, couples under 50 were less likely to live in well-off areas than other couples of the same age across New Zealand. Further, members from single-parent families with young children felt like they were able to express their identity more easily in Nelson and Marlborough, suggesting perhaps that those who live in the region are more accepting of people’s differences; and couples over 50 were less likely to have problems with their neighbours than other couples of their age around the country.”
In Marlborough and Nelson, there were 25,419* 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