Story: Pacific Island health

Lower median income

In 2013 Pacific people had a lower median income than people in all the other major ethnic groups. A low income can affect the health of Pacific families because they have less money to spend on doctor's visits when they fall ill, and may become even sicker before seeking medical treatment. The ethnicity categorisations are self-reported, so where a person nominates two or more ethnicities they appear in several categories. Note that the 'Other' category includes those who stated that they were 'New Zealanders' on the census form.

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How to cite this page:

Colin Tukuitonga, 'Pacific Island health - Causes of poor health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2019)

Story by Colin Tukuitonga, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 9 Jan 2019