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What works: effective parenting programmes

Family and whānau wellbeing is central to achieving positive social and economic outcomes.

Paid Parent leave

Superu's role is to provide evidence on a range of social issues. We are currently reviewing the evidence related to paid parental leave and will make this available on our website in coming weeks.


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.

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.

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.

Knowledge Exchange Forums

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Last update: 25 Feb 2018