Housing

Housing quality

Good quality housing is warm and dry and provides sufficient space and amenities for the occupants. A question included in the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey asks respondents to rate their satisfaction with the overall quality of the home in which they live (in terms of warmth, insulation, heating, moisture levels, and weather tightness).

This indicator presents the proportion of those 18 years and over indicating that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall physical quality of the home in which they lived, as reported in the Canterbury Wellbeing Survey from 2017 to 2019.

The figure shows that in June 2019, 80.2 percent of survey respondents indicated that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of the home in which they lived. This represents a statistically significant increase from June 2017 (74.6 percent), although the difference from 2018 to 2019 was not statistically significant (78.5 percent in 2018).

The figure shows that in June 2019, over three-quarters of Christchurch City respondents indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the physical quality of the home in which they lived. Respondents living in Selwyn District and Waimakariri District were statistically significantly more likely to indicate that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their home (Selwyn 88.9 percent; Waimakariri 85.5 percent) compared with Christchurch City residents (78.4 percent). While the general pattern seen in 2019 reflects that seen in the previous two years, the proportion of Christchurch City residents reporting that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the physical quality of their home has increased statistically significantly between 2017 and 2019 (from 71.8 percent in 2017 to 78.4 percent in 2019).

The figure shows that in June 2019, over three-quarters of European and Māori respondents indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the physical quality of the home in which they lived. Approximately two-thirds (65.4 percent) of Pacific/Asian/Indian respondents indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the physical quality of the home in which they lived (statistically significantly lower than both European and Māori respondents). The pattern seen in 2019 generally reflects that seen at the 2017 and 2018 time-points (along with a general increase in satisfaction, 2017–2019).

The figure shows an overall pattern of increased satisfaction with the quality of the home with increasing household income. The proportion of respondents in the less than $30,000 income bracket satisfied or very satisfied with housing quality was statistically significantly lower than that for respondents from all the other income groups in 2019. In contrast, those in the $100,000+ household income group were statistically significantly more likely to indicate being satisfied or very satisfied than respondents from all other income groups, at all time-points.

The figure shows that in June 2019, there was a statistically significant difference in satisfaction with the quality of the home for greater Christchurch respondents with a long-term health condition or disability compared to those without (72.7 percent and 82.2 percent respectively, 9.5 percentage point difference). This gap has increased since 2018 (74.7 percent and 80.1 percent respectively, 5.4 percentage point difference in 2018).

Data Sources

Source: Canterbury District Health Board.
Survey/data set: Canterbury Wellbeing Survey to 2019. Access publicly available data from the Community and Public Health (Canterbury DHB) website www.cph.co.nz/your-health/wellbeing-survey/
Source data frequency: Annually.

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Updated: 20/11/2019