Improving Māori wellbeing

Lifting the skills and opportunities available for Māori has been one of the key priority areas of the government’s Wellbeing Budget. Plenty has been written about the socio-economic, health and other challenges facing Māori over the past couple of decades, yet many of these interrelated issues remain.

Disabled people aren’t worth less than the old

One of the true tests of a society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members, particularly the old, the young, the sick, and the disabled. There is a lot of good with New Zealand and New Zealand policy. However, on assisting those unable to provide for themselves, our provisions for people unable to work due to a health condition is an area where we are increasingly failing. 

Chart of the month: who let the dogs out?

As we head into summer, many of us will be looking forward to spending time with friends, family, and of course ‘man’s best friend’, the pooch. This month we draw of data from the Department of Internal Affairs to look at where dogs are more concentrated in NZ. There were 560,511 registered dogs in NZ for the year ending 30 June 2018. Two-thirds (67%) of dogs are in the North Island (compared to 77% of the human population), with the remaining third (33%) in the South Island (vs 23% human).

More people per household: what does it mean for construction trends?

The number of people per household has generally increased since 2008, despite the aging population and shrinking family sizes suggesting that it should be falling, it has increased throughout most of the last eight years.  But the rising occupancy rate might not be that remarkable when we consider economic and property market conditions.  The Global Financial Crisis dented people’s wealth and incomes as asset prices fell sharply and unemployment rose.  And even with the New Zealand economy performing well over the last four years, soaring property prices have meant that housing costs have outpaced income growth. Resulting affordability problems have meant that young people are staying with their parents for longer, people are taking on boarders or flatmates to help pay the mortgage, or people are living in multi-family households.