Superu’s Families and Whānau Status Report 2016 is the fourth in an annual series measuring how New Zealand families and whānau are faring across a range of wellbeing indicators.
This year we have focused on ethnic differences in how our families are faring and a greater understanding of what Māori describe as ‘whānau’.
Being part of a family is a universal experience that forms the most significant socialising influence in our lives, so these findings have implications for social development, housing, education, health, Māori development and economic development.
Bev Hong, Principal Advisor, Superu, presented on how families of different ethnicities are faring and explored what’s common and different in cultural perspectives of family wellbeing
Dr Tahu Kukutai, Associate Professor at the National Institute of Demographics and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, and Andrew Sporle, University of Auckland, presented the results from their ‘Expressions of Whānau’ analysis, which looks at genealogical relationships and the extent that Māori vary in terms of who they consider to be part of their whānau.