Why are we doing a Tairāwhiti wellbeing survey?
Wellbeing data is captured nationally by Stats NZ, but unfortunately for Tairāwhiti, this data poorly reflects how we’re really doing in our region.
A relatively low number of people are surveyed here and because of this, Tairāwhiti data is often lumped in with Hawke’s Bay which has a larger sample size.
From a statistics perspective, our numbers are small and local representation is weak. This means the data captured to date hasn’t accurately reflected our region and our people.
What wellbeing data is already collected and how will the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey improve this?
The Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey is a condensed version of the Government-funded NZ General Social Survey (NZGSS), which Stats NZ rolls out every two years. The NZGSS captures how respondents feel about their life by asking them to rate different aspects of wellbeing. Between 8000 to 9000 people are usually surveyed but last year, due to Covid, there were only 3458 respondents.
Through the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey, we will increase our response numbers to create a good sample size that accurately reflects Te Tairāwhiti. It means we won’t be lumped with other regions and will have our own data that can be compared to national wellbeing data.
Visit Stats.govt.nz to read the 2021 Wellbeing statistics.
What is covered in the Tairāwhiti wellbeing survey?
Like the NZGSS, the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey asks respondents questions about how they are doing. This includes rating your health and the wellbeing of your whānau. It asks you to rate how satisfied you are with your job, whether you think your household earns enough money to live from week to week, and what you think of your local environment.
The survey has gone through independent cognitive testing to ensure respondents fully understand the questions and can answer them accurately.
How will the survey data be used and played back to the community?
The data will be combined to provide wellbeing insights about Te Tairāwhiti and these will be made publicly available. Insights will support our whānau, communities and organisations to better understand what the wellbeing of our region looks like at a collective level – from what you tell us in the survey. The survey findings will help us understand the needs of our communities and to make well-informed investment decisions. The Trust’s ultimate aspiration is to enhance the collective wellbeing of Tairāwhiti and having accurate data is an essential foundation for this.
How often will the Trust carry out the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey?
This is a longitudinal project for us. We plan to roll it out every year or two years over a long-term period so we can see trends, identify needs and understand the impact of Trust investments.
How we protect and manage Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey data
We do not capture any information in the Tairāwhiti Wellbeing Survey that can be used to identify any survey respondent individually.
We use the Zoho platform to hold all survey data. The servers are based in Australia and all data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, with compliance automatically enforced via the Zoho platform.
Here are further links to our platform security.
How we handle your Data
Security at Zoho
Compliance at Zoho
All survey data gathered on behalf of Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust is stored on our Zoho platform but governed by RIT.