Launch: Families and Whanau Status Report 2017

We invite you to join us for the release of the latest Families and Whānau Status Report. This report for 2017 is the fifth in a series measuring and monitoring the wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau. 

Changes in the nature of the family have occurred alongside a fundamental reshaping of social policy away from universal services to a wider array of more targeted services in New Zealand. Our status reports have identified influences, other than income, on family and whānau wellbeing that are often influenced by policy. Measures of income inequality tell increasingly less of the story about the welfare of people.

In this report we present key themes from our research analyses of family wellbeing and multiple disadvantage, resilience and social support networks; and on subjective whānau wellbeing using Te Kupenga data.

This families and whānau report series provides an essential background to any study, process or programme involving social services. Its research highlights areas where the state’s investment in its population will have the greatest effect. 

The seminar is expected to last about 1.5 hours and includes time to ask questions. The seminar is free but spaces are limited.

Reserve your place now.


  • Reflections and key messages from the Families and Whānau work programme, over the past five years - Len Cook, Families Commissioner and Chair of the Superu Board
  • Patterns of multiple disadvantage across New Zealand Families - Eric Krassoi Peach

We know that the most vulnerable families in society face multiple challenges and that these complex issues can be interconnected – making it difficult for any one social sector agency to address. Using international evidence and advice from a cross-agency reference group, Superu has created a measure of multiple disadvantage. Superu has applied this measure using data from the General Social Survey 2014 to analyse the prevalence and types of disadvantage faced by New Zealand families. This presentation covers how we created this measure of multiple disadvantage, our preliminary results, and where we hope to take the work next.

  • New Zealand Families and their social support networks - Jason Timmins

There is growing evidence that social support networks can be seen to play a role in a number of factors that influence family wellbeing in Superu’s Family Wellbeing Framework, such as health and skills, jobs and employment. However, due to a lack of data it has not been possible to monitor the health of support networks among New Zealand families. This changed with the release of the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey, which included questions about social support networks. This presentation looks at the characteristics and strength of people’s social support networks from a family perspective.

Event date and time: 10am-11.30am, Tuesday 27 June 2017

Location: Wharewaka, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington

Event date: 
27 June 2017
Event Type: 
Superu events
Last update: 21 Jun 2017