Study looks at why some whānau say they are doing better than others

3 April 2017

A study published by Superu today reports that the quality of whānau relationships, individual life satisfaction, age, gender and family type influenced how well Māori said their whānau were doing.

The report, Subjective Whānau Wellbeing in Te Kupenga, found that age was an important influencer of how Māori assess their whānau wellbeing, with those at younger and older ages more likely to be positive. Māori women were more likely to report high levels of whānau wellbeing than Māori men; and respondents in single-parent families and in areas of economic deprivation were more likely to report lower levels of whānau wellbeing.

The report found that the two factors that have the strongest association with how people assess whānau wellbeing are the quality of relationships within the whānau and how satisfied individuals are with their lives.

Superu Chief Executive Clare Ward said whānau wellbeing is a broad concept and isn’t just about how well-off people are.

“The findings suggest that supporting and strengthening whānau wellbeing is complex and needs a multifaceted approach that includes a range of factors.”

This is the first report to undertake a detailed analysis of self-assessed whānau wellbeing using data from Te Kupenga, the first nationally-representative survey of Māori wellbeing, undertaken by Statistics New Zealand following the 2013 Census.

According to our analysis of the 2013 Te Kupenga survey, 94 percent of whānau were doing moderately well or better, with 74 percent doing well or very well.

“Up until now there has been a lack of statistical evidence on whānau wellbeing. This report helps address that gap.”

Superu commissioned Tahu Kukutai, Andrew Sporle and Matthew Roskruge to do the research.


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Last update: 27 Apr 2017