Northland families are more likely to do voluntary work in their community than other New Zealand families (51% vs. 48.5% nationally*), according to regional data published by Superu.
While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data also highlighted the fact that Northland families were less likely to live in well-off neighbourhoods (30.4% lived in well-off areas vs. 54.1% nationally) or to have adequate income (64.9% vs. 80% nationally), and, for many family types, they were more likely to have a smoker in the family (72% didn’t smoke vs. 77.6% nationally).
“Northland presents a slightly different picture of family wellbeing based on the indicators we looked at, like health, safety, relationships, housing, and employment. The addition of information on the various family types in Northland and their ethnicity further deepens our understanding of wellbeing in the region. For example, from the data we looked at, it’s clear that Northland families are more likely to have good connections with their families and communities than other families across New Zealand,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
At last count, there were 40,725 families in Northland.**
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.”
- 2016 Families & Whānau Status Report
- Chapter 3: Family Wellbeing in the Regions, Technical Companion Report
- Data spreadsheets
*Results based on those who had done voluntary work in the four weeks leading up to the 2013 Census.
** Source: 2013 Census