How are New Zealand families faring today?
“Families and whanau are key building blocks of our society. They give us a sense of identity and belonging, and provide a collective basis for managing resources to generate material wellbeing. Family and whanau members provide care, nurturance, support, socialisation and guidance for one another. Families raise children on whom the future of this country depends. But families do not stand in isolation – they are connected to other families, schools, workplaces and communities.” (Excerpt from the 2015 Family and Whanau Status Report)
Earlier this week Ros Rice, Executive Officer at Community Networks Aotearoa, attended the launch of the 2015 Families and Whanau Status Report produced by the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu). Published annually by Superu (formerly the Families Commission) the report measures how New Zealand families and whanau are faring measured against a range of well-being indicators.
The report draws on the New Zealand Census, the General Social Survey and Te Kupenga (the Maori Social Survey) and contains interesting and valuable information for all organisations working with families. To read the Executive Summary and/or the full report please visit http://www.superu.govt.nz/publication/families-and-wh-nau-status-report-2015