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Connection to culture a small positive association

The more important Māori felt it was to be involved in Māori culture, the higher their levels of life satisfaction. Holding other factors equal, Māori who consider it ‘quite important’ or ‘somewhat important’ to be involved rated their life satisfaction 0.27 points higher on average than those who consider it a little important. The exception to this pattern is those who consider it not at all important. On average they have similar levels of life satisfaction to those who think it quite or somewhat important (see figure 5).

Figure 5

Graph, Importance of culture – effect on life satisfaction, for Maori aged 15+, June–August 2013.

We found no significant association between life satisfaction and the other measures of connecting with Māori culture (te reo Māori speaking proficiency and if they had ever been to their ancestral marae). This suggests that the impact on life satisfaction that comes from Māori culture is through a way of thinking rather than any specific behaviour.

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