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 [15] 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 in 2017 and 2018.

The figure shows that in May 2018, 78.5 percent of survey respondents reported that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of the home in which they lived. This represents a modest but statistically significant increase from June 2017 (74.6% to 78.5%, a 3.9 percentage point difference).

The figure shows that in May 2018, 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 90%; Waimakariri 85.1%) compared with Christchurch City residents (76.2%). While the general pattern seen in 2018 reflects that seen in 2017, the proportion of Christchurch City residents reporting that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the physical quality of their home increased statistically significantly over this time period (from 71.8% in 2017 to 76.2% in 2018).  

The figure shows that in May 2018, 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%) 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 Europeans but not different from Māori). The pattern seen in 2018 generally reflects that seen at the 2017 time-point (along with a general increase in satisfaction, 2017–2018).

The figure shows a clear pattern of increased satisfaction with the quality of the home, at the higher household income levels (at both the 2017 and 2018 time-points). Those in the $100,000+ income bracket were statistically significantly more likely to indicate being satisfied or very satisfied, compared with respondents from all the other income groups (those groups being statistically similar).

The figure shows that in June 2017, there was a statistically significant difference in satisfaction with the quality of the home for those greater Christchurch respondents with a long-term health condition or disability compared to those without (69.1% and 76%, respectively, 6.9 percentage point difference). The May 2018 result indicated that this gap had reduced and was no longer significant (74.7% and 80.1%, respectively, 5.4 percentage point difference).

Data Sources

Source: Canterbury District Health Board.
Survey/data set: Canterbury Wellbeing Survey to 2018 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: 21/11/2018