In Focus: What we've learned about families and whanau

Date published
14 Dec 2017
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Since 2004*, the Families Commission and, more recently, Superu have done a significant amount of research on what works to improve outcomes for families and whanau. Large shares of health, housing, care and protection services are provided by families and whanau, and generally neither measured nor accounted for in policy analysis.

This In Focus looks at what we've learned about:

  • the nature of families and whanau
  • working with families and whanau
  • creating a social services system that uses evidence.

You will also find a summary of the research here.

Superu's In Focus series is designed to inform and stimulate debate on specific social issues faced by New Zealanders. We draw on current policy, practice and research to fully explore all sides of the issue.


*The Families Commission was established in 2004 and in 2014 became the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, or Superu for short.

Last update: 14 Dec 2017