The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing. The report builds a platform upon which we can measure and monitor the wellbeing of families and whānau, and provides a starting point to identify where further research or data is needed, including exploring better integration and analysis of existing and potential new data sets. This first report does not rate family or whānau wellbeing and is not presented as a ‘scorecard’. Rather, it presents insights and initial thinking around what is required to enable the Commission to engage in measuring family and whānau wellbeing.
The Families and Whānau Status Report is divided into two parts.
Part One Setting the Context: The importance of a demographic overview provides an in-depth review of diverse demographic changes and their impact on New Zealand families and whānau. This section is made up of feature articles from well-known social science experts. Each article has its own unique voice and together they build a picture of New Zealand families and whānau from the past, the present and into the future. Understanding changing demographics is a prerequisite to designing effective policies and programmes to support family and whānau. The consequences of shifts in population structure, dynamics and location on future policy, highlights the need for policy-makers to be aware of the implications of demographics trends now, and in the future, across a range of issues.
Part Two Towards measuring family and whānau wellbeing presents two draft conceptual frameworks for measuring family and whānau wellbeing. The Commission has developed dual conceptual frameworks to measure family and whānau wellbeing. This approach is advocated in a report by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, and Families Commission Board member.
Going forward, the Families Commission will work with key experts and stakeholders to further develop and refine the conceptual frameworks which will provide a basis for the selection of domains and indicators to measure wellbeing.
Setting the Context: The importance of a demographic overview
- Taking demographics into policy development, Len Cook
- The wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau: Demographic underpinnings, Ian Pool, Janet Sceats, Natalie Jackson
- New Zealand Families Today: A brief demographic profile (2012), Families Commission
- ‘A demographic and statistical profile of whānau from 1975 to the present’, an extract from Whānau Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2011), Lisa Davies and Whetu Wereta
- The status of our families: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand, Associate Professor Dr Susan Morton, Dr Polly Atatoa Carr and Dinusha Bandara
Towards measuring family and whānau wellbeing
- A framework towards measuring family wellbeing, Dr Jeremy Robertson
- A framework towards measuring whānau rangatiratanga, Lisa Davies and Jonathan Kilgour