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The wider economic and social costs of obesity

The wider economic and social costs of obesity

Obesity is an important global issue that has severe social and economic impacts on people, their families and whanau, and society.

New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world and the prevalence of obesity...

Teen births in New Zealand: current trends

New Zealand has high teen birth rates compared to other OECD countries and was second only to the United States in 2010. Teen births are associated with poor educational and social outcomes for some teen parents and their children.

Superu commissioned the University of Waikato to produce...

New research raises important questions about Kiwi kids

Superu (formerly the Families Commission) welcomes the release of the latest report from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study.

Chief Executive Clare Ward says the findings from the report called ‘Residential Mobility Report 1: Moving House in the first 1000 days’ have the...

Knowledge Exchange Forums

From time to time, Superu holds Knowledge Exchange Forums to help decision-makers to better understand how to tackle social problems.

The aim of these forums is to bring together experts from policy, research and/or practitioners to...

Intimate partner violence and the workplace

This Issues Paper, by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, aims to raise awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV) as a matter that has serious implications for the workplace.

The paper highlights the need for employers to see the perpetrator’s behaviour as the problem rather...

Services and support for families and whānau in Christchurch

This report seeks to understand what services, support and information Christchurch families and whānau need to build resilience and aid in their psychosocial recovery from the earthquakes.

It also focuses on identifying the most effective channels, access points and referral pathways...

We're now called Superu

From 1 December 2014, the Families Commission started operating as the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, or Superu for short.

We still have a focus on families and whanau. We are making the change because it better reflects HOW we do what we do. In early 2014, the legislation...

Briefing to the Incoming Minister

The Families Commission has released its briefing to the Incoming Minister.

Please note that this document has been proactively released. Redactions made to this document have been made consistent with provisions of the Official Information Act 1982.


Multiple factors at play in family violence

The Families Commission welcomes the release of the report ‘Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ as another opportunity to highlight the significant toll family violence takes on our society.

Families Commissioner Jo-anne Wilkinson says...

Interim Families Commissioner appointed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today announced that Jo-anne Wilkinson has been appointed as interim Families Commissioner and Chair of the Families Commission Board.

“I’m delighted that Ms Wilkinson has agreed to take on the role while we look for a permanent appointment.

Last update: 24 Jul 2017