Stats show di­ver­sity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua’s lack of a mid­dle ground when it comes to wealthy and poor was ex­posed in re­cent fig­ures.

Sta­tis­tics com­piled by the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment’s Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices (FACS) group, us­ing cen­sus and other gov­ern­ment min­istries’ num­bers, show more than 50 per cent of res­i­dents live in the low­est four deciles that MSD uses to cal­cu­late de­pri­va­tion, with 30 per cent in the low­est.

20 per cent of Porirua res­i­dents live in the high­est decile ar­eas, con­tribut­ing to the city hav­ing one of the high­est me­dian in­come rates in New Zealand ($26,300).

The zones that were iden­ti­fied as hav­ing the high­est de­pri­va­tion score of 10 were Wai­tan­girua, Can­nons Creek, Els­don-taka­puwahia, Porirua East and Porirua Cen­tral. Seven ar­eas of Porirua had av­er­age de­pri­va­tion scores of one – En­deav­our, Dis­cov­ery, Pa­pakowhai, Mana-cam­borne, Pau­ata­hanui, Paekakariki Hill and Res­o­lu­tion, putting them among the 10 per cent least de­prived ar­eas in the coun­try.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi is aware of the fact his elec­torate has ‘‘both ends of the spec­trum.

‘‘There is still a high de­pen­dency on ben­e­fits for Maori and Pa­cific peo­ple and we have to take a hard look at get­ting these peo­ple into work. There are dif­fer­ent needs in this com­mu­nity, which cre­ates ex­tra chal­lenges – peo­ple who are well off have dif­fer­ent ones to those not so well off. If we want Porirua to flour­ish we need to cre­ate jobs and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the [city] coun­cil are do­ing their best to at­tract busi­ness here.’’

Mr Faafoi says the city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion is part of that stim­u­la­tion and he hopes more gov­ern­ment de­part­ments will even­tu­ally be based in Porirua.

Seventy-nine per cent of the city’s pop­u­la­tion worked full­time, com­pared with 77 per cent na­tion­ally. Of those, 11 per cent were in re­tail, 10 per cent in health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance, and 10 per cent in public ad­min­is­tra­tion and safety. Forty-five per cent of res­i­dents work in Welling­ton and 42 per cent work lo­cally.

Ten per cent of peo­ple catch the train ev­ery day to their job, com­pared with just 1 per cent across New Zealand.

Mr Faafoi would love to have 20 per cent of Welling­ton com­muters work­ing in Mana, but, re­al­is­ti­cally, says it is im­por­tant to en­sure public trans­port is meet­ing needs.

‘‘What do they think of the trans­port ex­pe­ri­ence?

‘‘I catch the train into Welling­ton when I can, be­cause the traf­fic is aw­ful. Public trans­port is es­sen­tial and there has to be good plan­ning for that, es­pe­cially as petrol costs con­tinue to go up.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett loves hav­ing in­for­ma­tion such as this avail­able to call on. He says it en­ables him­self, city coun­cil­lors and coun­cil of­fi­cers to have a ‘‘ true picture’’ of Porirua.

‘‘ Any sta­tis­ti­cal break­down can only help in­form pol­icy, it can show how peo­ple are liv­ing their lives and things that we should be act­ing on.’’

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