Simon Lambert, a lecturer at Lincoln University, has posted a short commentary on the Maori response to the CERA health and wellbeing survey. Maori seem to be disproportionately worse off since the quakes:

For example, those saying their quality of life has decreased since the earthquakes (54% of 2,300 respondents) are more likely to be:
·         Living in temporary housing (70%)
·         Of Māori ethnicity (68%)
·         Aged 35 to 49 (60%) or 50 to 64 (62%)
 
There’s more, like those more likely to say they have experienced stress ‘always or most of the time’ (23% of respondents) includes a disproportionate number of Māori respondents (36%).
It’s a really complex situation, and one that hasn’t been explored that deeply, I don’t think. My surface reading would be that Ngai Tahu has partnered with the government, and is doing quite well thank you very much (Tower Junction, Wigram Skies, subdivisions in the north of the city) but because of this, Gerry thinks that enough has been done to support Maori. However, there are a lot of Maori in Christchurch who aren’t affiliated to Ngai Tahu (the census data will be interesting on this) and who are doing it particularly hard post-quake. This could be something that gets a bit more attention in the East by-election. 
 
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