Changing Pacific Household Composition and Wellbeing, 1981–2006

Timeframe

2009–2010


Funder

New Zealand Families Commission


COMPASS staff

Gerry Cotterell, Martin von Randow, Stephen McTaggart


Collaborators

Tamasailau Sua'ali'i-Sauni


Description

This study undertook a detailed analysis of changes in Pacific families and Pacific household composition over a 25 year period by a range of key characteristics. A significant component was the use of family wellbeing indicators from COMPASS’s Family Whānau and Wellbeing Project. Indicators were presented and compared across a number of Pacific subgroups of interest, e.g. by family type and household composition, NZ-born vs. Pacific-born, by region, and by specific ethnic groups. The quantitative analysis of census data was accompanied by a qualitative study to garner more in-depth information from Pacific families in Auckland. The whole package was published through the Families Commission as Pacific Families Now and in the Future.


Papers

Cotterell G, von Randow M, McTaggart S (2009). An Examination of Changes in Wellbeing for Different Pacific Households in recent decade. Journal of Social Policy 35.

Cotterell G, von Randow M, McTaggart S, Sua'ali'i-Sauni T, Patrick D, Davis P (2009). Pacific Families Now and in the Future: Changing Pacific Household Composition and Wellbeing 1981–2006. Families Commission: Wellington.

Sua'ali'i-Sauni T, McTaggart S, von Randow M (2009). Pacific Families Now and in the Future: A Qualitative Snapshot of Household Composition, Wellbeing, Parenting, and Economic Decision-Making Among Pacific Families in Auckland, 2008. Families Commission: Wellington.