June 24, 2015
Disabled happy despite trying conditions
One in four disabled Maori say their household income isn’t enough to meet their everyday needs.
That’s one of the findings of the He haua Maori 2013 Disability Survey.
Diane Ramsay, Statistics New Zealand’s labour market and household statistics manager, says a quarter of all Maori were classed as disabled, and they tended to have lower incomes than other Maori.
There were more likely than other Maori to live in cold or damp living conditions, and 17 percent were unemployed.
Despite that, most felt positively about their lives, they were happy with the amount of social contact they had, felt safe in their communities, and rated their health as good or better.
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