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Trends in wellbeing for Māori households/families, 1981-2006.

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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, ,

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This report examines the significant changes that occurred in New Zealand between 1981 and 2006, focusing specifically on their impact on Māori whānau and households.

It utilises data from the New Zealand Census from 1981 to 2006 and aims to provide a comprehensive analysis that informs current policy considerations, particularly in the area of whānau ora (family wellbeing). The report acknowledges that while many observed trends for the general population also apply to Māori whānau and households, there are significant differences that must be considered to understand the unique experiences of Māori during this period. It delves into various indicators of family wellbeing, such as housing, income, occupation, and ethnicity, and incorporates additional data sources like health surveys to provide a more rounded picture of the Māori experience. Key findings include both positive and negative trends for Māori whānau/households, influenced by external factors like international economic cycles and internal factors like demographic shifts and changes in social behaviours. The report highlights the challenges faced by Māori in terms of income inequality, unemployment, and changes in Government policy that impact families. Particularly noteworthy is the introduction of Working for Families (WFF) in 2004 and its impact on Māori whānau. Moreover, the report addresses the increasing proportions of children likely to be of Māori descent and the implications of these demographic changes for New Zealand society. It underscores the significance of these findings in light of the Government’s Whānau Ora strategy, aimed at providing improved support to Māori whānau in need.

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