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505 Island Culture

Families and young singles on low incomes and a large amount not working. They live in metro areas and rent their homes

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Low income young families or unemployed students still at home, inner suburbs.

505 Island Culture

Families and young singles on low incomes and a large amount not working. They live in metro areas and rent their homes

  • Population30K
  • % of Population0.8%
  • Household Income$53k

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Summary

Comprised mainly of Pacific Island or Maori families, often with grown-up kids still living at home, Island Culture individuals are usually aged between 25 and 49, with very low incomes. Not surprisingly, they don’t feel particularly financially stable and are worried about interest rates.  Well over half of them are currently unemployed, while those who do work are likely to be in transport or warehouses.  Compared to other groups in the Getting By community, Island Culture has a high proportion of singles.

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I haven’t been working at the packing warehouse long, but I feel like one of the boys now. Afa, one of the older fellas who’s been there a few years, asked me if I wanted to get season tickets to the Warriors with them. I’m a huge fan of Manu and the boys, always keeping the faith, but don’t think I have enough cash for a whole season. Plus I have to go to church with the family on Sundays, so probably wouldn’t be able to make most of the games.

Hopefully if I work hard enough and get a pay rise I’ll be able to afford them next year. I’d way rather head to the game with the boys on a Sunday than go to church. Mum would be pretty angry though!

I’m not earning much at the factory at the moment, around minimum wage, but that’s what you get for dropping out of school I guess. School wasn’t really for me anyway: I liked playing footy and hanging out with my mates, but none of the classes interested me.

If I earn some cash this year I might be able to find a flat of my own. Anyway I gotta go catch the bus down to the market, they have some mean as deals on clothes. I’ll meet up with some of the boys at the arcade afterwards.

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