The last 50 years has seen considerable change in the concept and structure of families. Now, many besides the biological father fill the important “Dad” role in the lives of New Zealand children. Today’s father figures also include stepfathers, adoptive and foster parents, co-mums, grandparents and other family members.
His Honour, Judge Becroft, the Children’s Commissioner, introduced the report from the University of Auckland Centre for Longitudinal Research on the diversity, roles, health, employment and aspirations of 21st century New Zealand fathers. The research, funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), draws on information obtained from more than 4,000 participants who act in the role of father to the children who are participants in the contemporary, longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand.
Growing Up in New Zealand is tracking the development of nearly 7,000 children born in the Auckland-Waikato region in 2009-10 in the context of their diverse families and environments from before their birth until they are young adults. The Government-funded multidisciplinary, longitudinal study is managed by Superu and based at the University of Auckland.
The report “Who are today’s dads?” and “Key findings: Dads and work” are available at www.growingup.co.nz/todays-dads
- His Honour, Judge Becroft, the Children’s Commissioner
- Dr Te Kani Kingi, Māori Theme Lead for Growing Up in New Zealand
- Associate Professor Susan Morton, Director Growing Up in New Zealand and Centre for Longitudinal Research, the University of Auckland
- Dr Lisa Underwood, Research Fellow, Centre for Longitudinal Research, the University of Auckland
- Dr Marjolein Verbiest, Research Fellow, Centre for Longitudinal Research, the University of Auckland
- Cameron Grant, Head of Paediatrics, the University of Auckland