Loneliness NZ

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Loneliness is most prevalent in our vulnerable groups in society

In New Zealand there are many vulnerable groups.  These groups typically appear quite disperse in their underlying needs.  However, a common theme in many of our most vulnerable groups is their loneliness.  An analysis of the General Social Survey 2016 shows that our most lonely groups are the disabled,

recent migrants, low income households, unemployed, one parent with child(ren), rural (rest of South Island), elderly, not in the labour force, young, no qualification, not owner occupied house, not in a family nucleus, and Māori (see figure).

Bar chart showing New Zealand's top 15 most lonely groups