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Building a better understanding of how families and whānau are faring in New Zealand

The Families Commission/SuPERU is consulting on draft frameworks to measure and monitor family and whānau wellbeing to see how they are faring over time.

The frameworks feature in this second annual Families and Whānau...

Growing Up in New Zealand Report provides unique insights into contemporary NZ families

The Families Commission welcomes the latest Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) report released today which provides a unique insight into the critical first 1000 days of approximately 7,000 children and their families.

Growing Up in New Zealand is the country's largest, and most...

Meaningful action needed on child abuse and domestic violence

Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says the People’s Report released today confirms what we already know about the impacts of domestic violence.

"The report demonstrates the importance of quality relationship education in schools, which has been shown to be a primary prevention factor...

Appointment to the Families Commission

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced the appointment of Mr Haami Piripi to the board of the Families Commission.

Mr Piripi is a former Chief Executive of the Maori Language Commission, and is nearing completion of his third term as Chair of Te Runanga O Te Rarawa....

Focus on evidence in social decision-making – Symposium

Some of the world’s leading international experts on using evidence in social decision-making will be discussing the latest innovations to help policymakers, practitioners and funders make more informed policy decisions, at a symposium on Evidence2Action.

The Symposium, run by the Social...

Families Commissioner welcomes Budget support for families and vulnerable children

The Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes is welcoming new spending of $500 million in today’s Budget to support the wellbeing of young families and vulnerable children.

Belinda Milnes says, “These announcements are warmly welcomed, especially as they fall on the International Day of...

Valuing families, the heart of our communities, on International Day of Families

Families are the heart of our communities and our country and its important to acknowledge the important role they play especially on International Day of Families (Thursday 15 May).

Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says, “We have huge expectations of families. We rely on families and...

New home for White Ribbon

From today the Families Commission is transferring responsibility for the delivery and management of the annual White Ribbon Campaign to the White Ribbon Campaign Trust Board.

Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says the Commission is delighted that the Trust is taking the campaign on...

Effective parenting programmes can reduce risk of child maltreatment

A comprehensive report released by the Families Commission finds effective parenting programmes are a key way to reduce the risk of maltreatment of vulnerable children.

Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says there is urgent need to reduce the high number of vulnerable children in New...

New family violence research welcomed

The Families Commission welcomes new research that estimates the cost of domestic violence to New Zealand employers at $368 million this year.

The Snively report calculates potential productivity gains from implementing workplace protections to support victims of domestic violence.

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Last update: 26 Mar 2017