March 12, 2015
Police top in trust survey
Maori trust the police but they don’t trust the media.
That’s the latest finding to emerge from the 2013 Te Kupenga survey of Maori well being.
Statistics New Zealand says police and health are the top-rated institutions by Maori, closely followed by the courts and education.
The ‘system of government’ and media institutions are rated lowest.
Levels of trust in the police are highest among young Maori aged 15 to 19 years and those 65 and older.
People who identify solely as Maori are less likely to trust the police than those with multiple ethnicities.
Household statistics manager Diane Ramsay says people are more likely to engage positively with institutions like the police, courts, and government if they trust them.
She says the more highly qualified Maori are, the lower their level of trust in the media.
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