July 22, 2016
Housing and money woes stress families
Superu says Maori, Pacific and Asian two-parent families with younger children are more likely to face financial and housing difficulties when compared to similar families nationally.
The research and advocacy organisation formerly known as the Families Commission’s latest Families and Whanau Status Report focuses on ethnic differences in how families are faring.
If found younger European couples with both members aged under 50 are faring reasonably well but similar Maori and Pacific couples are less likely to have a post-secondary qualification, raising concerns about their ability to improve their income levels over time.
Chief executive Clare Ward because families and whanau are the most significant socialising influence in our lives, the findings have implications for social and economic development, housing, education, health, and Maori development.
She says policies are needed to strengthen the wellbeing of young families, especially round economic security and housing.
Young single-parent families need extra help with psychological health, while young Maori and Pacific families could bet a boost with improved access to education, knowledge and skills.
Surperu found different cultures describe family differently, with non-western cultures tending to focus more on the wants and needs of the group, and relationships and obligations between family members.
This is the fourth Families and Whanau Status Report, published in accordance with the Families Commission Amendment Act 2014. The full report and associated publications can be found on Superu’s website: superu.govt.nz/statusreport
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