Families living in the Waikato are likely to feel safe at home and work, have easy access to services, and be treated fairly according to regional data on family wellbeing published by Superu.
The data, which looked at family wellbeing across the nation, shows that Waikato families were relatively similar to other families around the country but they were less likely to live in well-off areas.
“Every region has a slightly different profile – from family ethnicity, to family type to how they scored on our wellbeing indicators. Waikato’s profile shows that, while they are fairly close to the national average, there were a smaller proportion of families living in well-off areas (44.6% vs. 54.1%). On the other hand, Waikato family members were more likely to support their extended families (67.2% vs.59.5%), suggesting that they have strong family connections,” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
At last count, there were 108,882* families in the Waikato.
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