Families living in Hawke’s Bay scored the highest in the country for their connections with their extended family, according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.
“While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data highlighted the fact that Hawke’s Bay family members were the most likely, when compared to families in other regions, to provide support to extended family (72.4% vs. 59.5% nationally), and have the right level of contact with them (76% vs.73.5% nationally). While family bonds were strong compared to other regions, survey participants in Hawke’s Bay were the least likely to feel safe at night in their neighbourhoods (51.4% vs. 61.7% nationally) or to be OK with their working hours and pay (54.8% vs. 59% nationally),” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
In Hawke’s Bay, there were 40,965* 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