Wellington families scored the best in the country for skills, tertiary education, employment and adequate income, 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 that Wellington family members were the most likely to have a post-secondary education (69.8% compared to 62.9% nationally), and several percentage points above Auckland, which was the second most likely to have educated family members (65.8%).
“Wellington families present a slightly different picture of wellbeing, with post-secondary education and employment being the most significant features compared to other regions. With the city being the seat of government, it appears to have drawn families who highly value a tertiary education. Wellington family members were also the most likely to have employment (83.4% vs. 80.4% nationally), first-equal only with Southland (83.5%); and they were the most likely to report adequate income (85.7% vs. 80% nationally),” said Superu’s Knowledge Director, Vasantha Krishnan.
“The regional data also showed that Wellington families were more likely to live in well-off areas than average New Zealand families (61.6% vs. 54.1% nationally). In Wellington, there were 124,944* families at last count, so these results are quite significant.”
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