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Conclusion

Te Kupenga will provide new quantitative data on key aspects of Māori culture and society based on a Māori perspective. This includes taking a subjective approach towards measuring whānau and whānau well-being.

In taking this approach Te Kupenga is informed by a Māori-centred approach. In particular, the questions:

  • acknowledge that whānau live across multiple households
  • recognise both whakapapa and kaupapa whānau
  • let individuals identify their own whānau
  • acknowledge that whānau well-being can be understood through the subjective experiences of individuals
  • recognise that whānau well-being is experienced by the individual as much as the collective.

This paper used field test data to explore some of the analysis that will be possible after we have completed Te Kupenga in 2013. This includes looking at:

  • how many people Māori say are in their whānau
  • the groups of people that Māori include in their whānau
  • whether the size and composition of whānau differs by life stage
  • how well Māori think their whānau is doing.

This paper also hints at other interesting questions that could be investigated, including:

  • what factors distinguish the low well-being group from those with high well-being?
  • what Māori cultural knowledge and practice measures are associated with whānau well-being?

We hope this paper will generate discussion about Te Kupenga. Statistics NZ would like to hear your feedback about future uses of the data.

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