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Whanganui District

Unpaid work

In the Whanganui District 74.1% of the population over 15 did unpaid housework in the 4 weeks leading up to the 2013 census date.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in the Whanganui District may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last 4 weeks, which of these have you done without pay'

Multi-response

Persons aged 15 years and over

Unpaid activities
Whanganui District20132006Change
Unpaid activities - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
map this data in atlas.idHousehold work etc24,93674.176.725,16775.377.4-231
Looking after a child who is a household member
8,55925.427.49,15327.428.4-594
Looking after ill or disabled household member
2,6107.86.62,7548.27.0-144
Looking after a child who is not a household member
5,25915.613.75,45716.314.6-198
Looking after ill or disabled other person
3,50110.47.93,51010.58.2-9
map this data in atlas.idVoluntary work through an organisation5,24415.613.95,27415.813.8-30
No activities
3,63010.810.33,52210.510.2+108

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work - Totals
Whanganui District20132006Change
Unpaid activities - totals - multi-responseNumber% of total populationNew Zealand %Number% of total populationNew Zealand %2006 to 2013
Not stated / included4,17312.410.53,87611.610.0+297
Total population33,636100.0100.033,405100.0100.0+231
Total respondents29,46387.689.529,52988.490.0-66
Total responses57,912172.2167.158,713175.8169.6-801

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid activities, 2013
Unpaid activities, 2013 Household work etc, New Zealand: 76.7% Looking after a child who is a household member, New Zealand: 27.4% Looking after ill or disabled household member, New Zealand: 6.6% Looking after a child who is not a household member, New Zealand: 13.7% Looking after ill or disabled other person, New Zealand: 7.9% Voluntary work through an organisation, New Zealand: 13.9% No activities, New Zealand: 10.3% Household work etc, Whanganui District: 74.1% Looking after a child who is a household member, Whanganui District: 25.4% Looking after ill or disabled household member, Whanganui District: 7.8% Looking after a child who is not a household member, Whanganui District: 15.6% Looking after ill or disabled other person, Whanganui District: 10.4% Voluntary work through an organisation, Whanganui District: 15.6% No activities, Whanganui District: 10.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013
Change in unpaid activities, 2006 to 2013 Household work etc, Whanganui District: -231 Looking after a child who is a household member, Whanganui District: -594 Looking after ill or disabled household member, Whanganui District: -144 Looking after a child who is not a household member, Whanganui District: -198 Looking after ill or disabled other person, Whanganui District: -9 Voluntary work through an organisation, Whanganui District: -30 No activities, Whanganui District: +108
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid activities in the Whanganui District in 2013 compared to the New Zealand shows that there was a lower proportion of people performing unpaid work in their own home and a lower proportion of people involved with unpaid activities outside of their home.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the Whanganui District and the New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people who looked after ill or disabled other person (10.4% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people who looked after a child who is not a household member (15.6% compared to 13.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who performed household work etc (74.1% compared to 76.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who looked after a child who is a household member (25.4% compared to 27.4%)

Note: Percentages(%) are based on total population

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the Whanganui District, between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Looking after a child who is a household member (-594 people)
  • Household work etc (-231 people)
  • Looking after a child who is not a household member (-198 people)
  • Looking after ill or disabled household member (-144 people)

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