Official Whānau Statistics, Statistics NZ, 2013

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What does whnau look like in 2013? What do the statistics tell us? Before the Te Kupenga survey, we had to use household data. But that data was biased to a western view of family. The good news is that the 2013 Te Kupenga survey measures whnau in a Mori way, based on Mori views. Check it out.


  • 1. WHNAU & WHNAU WELL- BEING IN AOTEAROA Results of Te Kupenga Survey 2013 Atawhai Tibble, Te Kupenga Project Manager, Statistics NZ
  • 2. The main statistical approach in whnau measurement is NOT to measure the whnau, but rather, to FOCUS ON THE household.
  • 3. Butthere are limits to this approach 1. Many whnau and families DO NOT live in the same household. 2. When you focus on a household, you constrain the size of the whnau to only those occupants.
  • 4. In 2013, Statistics NZ surveyed a representative sample of Mori 15y+ about their whnau, regardless of the household they live in.
  • 5. Key Findings The median size of whnau is 11, compared to the average household size of 2.3. 10% have more than 48 people in their whnau. Two fifths include cousins, and grandparents in their whnau, while 12% include friends. 99% of Mori have whnau who live in another household. (Source: Statistics NZ, Te Kupenga 2013)
  • 6. Reference 83% felt that their whnau were doing well or extremely well only 6% said their whnau was doing badly or very badly. 84% felt that their whnau got along well or very well - only 3 .0 percent of Mori said that their whnau got along badly or very badly. (Source: Statistics NZ, Te Kupenga 2013) Key Findings
  • 7. In conclusion. Whnau is more than a household dwelling
  • 8. References King, A. J, and T. Turia. He korowai oranga: the Mori health strategy. Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2002. Metge, Joan. New growth from old: the whanau in the modern world. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1995. Walker, T. W. An exploration of the evolution and application of the notion of whnau. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2010. Walker, T. W. Whnau is whnau, Wellington: Families Commission, 2006