From the Chief Executive - Welcome to 2018!

24 January 2018

Welcome to 2018! This year will certainly be an interesting one for Superu as we’re due to be disestablished. Before that happens, we have some exciting events coming up. We’re looking forward to our Evidence to Action conference on 10 April 2018. We have great speakers, including Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Dame Diane Robertson, Brenda Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa, the team who carried out research with users of publicly-funded services in South Auckland and our own Families Commissioner Len Cook.

Our speakers will focus on future options for policies and programmes, research and evaluation, and I look forward to the lively discussions about families, whānau and change that will result.

Registrations are now open and I encourage you to get online, register and join us in Wellington on 10 April. You’ll find more information about the conference, including the provisional programme, here.

While this is our final conference, it’s certainly not the end of debate, research and discussion about family and whānau wellbeing. Also coming up this year is the release of the latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, in partnership with the University of Auckland, called ‘Now we are at school’. This important body of research will continue, with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) managing the contract on behalf of the government. A few months later we will release the annual Families and Whānau Status Report, which we first issued in 2013 (when we were still known as the Families Commission). It will also continue under MSD.

In the next few months we are also releasing new research about bridging cultural perspectives, residential movements in New Zealand, the effectiveness of freephone helplines in the social sector and new tools to help policy-makers use evidence in their work.

Although we don’t have a final date for our closure, we expect to be operating until at least July and look forward to continuing to work with you and bringing you the latest news and insights about families and whānau. 


Dr Malcolm Menzies

Chief Executive


In this issue

From the Families Commissioner

Len Cook is the Families Commissioner and Chair of the Superu Board. Len’s just released a thought-piece on the evidence spectrum. “Non-use or misuse of evidence brings huge costs to citizens by crowding out valuable alternatives, as well as increasing the cost that citizens incur in order to get the best they can from services that could have been better designed.” 

Evidence to Action 2018 - registrations now open

Early-bird registrations are now open for our Evidence to Action 2018 conference. This year, we’re focusing on future options for policies and programmes, research and evaluation. Speakers include Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley and Dame Diane Robertson. 

Updated: Publishing Protocol

You've finished writing your research or evaluation, so now what? It's time to publish so the results can benefit everyone. Our updated 'Government research and evaluation publishing protocol' can help ensure your research is readily available.

Got babies on the brain?

Babies are this month’s hot topic! What does the research say about babies, parenthood and children? What works to ensure babies get the best start in life, and why is a good start important anyway? You’ll find answers on The Hub, which contains over 6,000 pieces of  New Zealand government social science research.


Last update: 24 Jan 2018