Disability (50+ years)

The 2006 New Zealand Household Disability Survey estimated that 27,500 Māori (35.1 percent) aged 50 years or above living in New Zealand households were living with a disability*. This compares to 327,900 non-Māori (29.8 percent) in the same age group living with a disability.

According to the 2006 Disability Survey, the most common types of main disability** (at level 2) for both older Māori and older non-Māori were mobility, agility and hearing (Table 14). The rates of mobility and agility disability were higher for older Māori in both age groups compared with older non-Māori.

Refer to Disability and Māori in New Zealand in 2006 (Office for Disability Issues and Statistics New Zealand 2010) for more information about Māori with disabilities in New Zealand.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 14: Disability indicators: type of main disability, Māori and non-Māori, 2006
  50–64 years 65+ years
Indicator Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Type of main disability (level 2): Mobility (self-reported), 2006, percent 10.5 6.6 24.7 18.8
Type of main disability (level 2): Agility (self-reported), 2006, percent 5.4 3.8 8.1 6.7
Type of main disability (level 2): Hearing (self-reported), 2006, percent 4.8 5.6 6.3 7.7

Source: 2006 New Zealand Household Disability Survey, Statistics New Zealand

Percent = percentage of all adults (in the relevant age group) living in households.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
‘Mobility’ includes people who have difficulty with or cannot: walk about 350 metres without resting; walk up or down a flight of stairs; carry an object as heavy as 5 kilograms for a 10-metre distance; move from room to room; or stand for periods longer than 20 minutes.
‘Agility’ includes people who have difficulty with or cannot: bend over to pick something up off the floor; dress or undress themselves; cut their own toe-nails; grasp or handle small objects like scissors; reach in any direction; cut their own food; or get themselves in or out of bed.
‘Hearing’ includes people who have difficulty hearing or cannot hear what is said in a conversation with one other person and/or in a conversation with at least three other people.

* ‘Disability’ was defined in the survey as any self-perceived limitation in activity resulting from a long-term condition or health problem lasting or expected to last six months or more and not completely eliminated by an assistive device.
** ‘Main disability’ is the disability the respondent considered limited their everyday activities most.

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