24 Feb 2021

Pasifika fair poorly in State of the Nation report

From , 6:03 am on 24 February 2021

New Zealand's Salvation Army released this year's State of the Nation report and although it's a national report that doesn't drill down heavily into ethnicities, the data they have on Pasifika are very grim.

The number of New Zealanders in the social housing register peaked at 22,400 in November last year and Pasifika make up 10 percent of that.

Salvation Army policy analyst Ronji Tanielu says that number is high considering the Pasifika population sits at around seven percent, yet 10 percent are in social housing situations.

Parishioners at the Samoan Methodist Church in Levin.

Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins