Gisborne families were more likely to have strong family and community connections than other New Zealand families although they scored lower for health, housing and economic security, according to new regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu today.
While the differences between regions were relatively small for most of the wellbeing indicators, the data highlighted the fact that Gisborne family members reported the highest prevalence in the country for voluntary work in the four weeks leading up to the 2013 Census (53.6% vs. 45.8% nationally) and for feeling safe at home (97.2% vs. 94.3% nationally). Gisborne family members were also the least likely in the country to live in well-off neighbourhoods (29.2% vs. 54.1% nationally) or to report easy access to services (80.5% vs. 91.4% nationally).
“The regional data presents an interesting picture of life for families in Gisborne. It suggests that families in the region might have less chance of living in well-off areas or being employed, but that they have good connections with family and their communities. The data also showed that Gisborne had significantly fewer younger couples without children than the national average while having the highest representation of single-parent families with children under 18,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
Gisborne families were the most likely to report that they had a smoker in the family than other regions (66% didn’t smoke vs. 77.6% nationally).
At last count, there were 11,367* families in Gisborne.
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