Friday, March 26, 2021

Stark contrast between the birth places of Maori and NZ European babies

Over the ten year period to 2018, births of NZ European babies were reasonably evenly spread across the economic deciles with the fewest being born in the least deprived decile - the poorest neighbourhood.

For Maori babies the reverse is true. The highest percentage are born in the poorest decile.

More than one in four Maori babies is born in the poorest area compared to one in twenty NZ European babies.

What a stark contrast.

Proportion of Maori living in an owner-occupied dwelling increased between 2013 and 2018

 Statistics New Zealand compiled a report called Housing in Aotearoa 2020 which is full of interesting data. This graph painted a slightly different picture from what might be expected.

 Between the 2013 and 2018 census the proportion of Maori, Pacific, and MELAA ( Middle-eastern, Latin American and African) people living in a home they owned actually increased slightly.  Another interpretation could be more people are crowding into owner occupied dwellings. 

And of course, matters will have changed again since 2018.

For context here's the longer view (unfortunately not available by ethnicity):

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Jacinda: "...we’ve come so far, and I know that we can make it through together."

She wrote me, "...we’ve come so far, and I know that we can make it through together."

She did. The PM. Tonight. Just now. Personally addressed to ME.

At fifteen, I wanted to be a song writer. I lacked Jacinda's brilliance though.

Who cares if it doesn't rhyme?

It's so salvational. So reassuring. So, Up Where We Belong.

Jacinda. I believe in you. I Believe I Can Fly.

You might have taken away my freedom, controlled my economy,  exercised your power over mine and triumphed.

But I knew all along that you, magnificent leader, would write a better song lyric than I ever could.

Another root cause of racial disadvantage


(Left click on image to enlarge)

Note a marked reversal in a number of positive trends since 2017.