Results from the Women at Work Initiative have been released

Changes in the roles of women and men and the nature of households, markets and societies are in constant flux. Shifting boundaries and values create tensions that are magnified by rapid globalization. Men and women experience the manifestations of these strains in their search for jobs or in accessing credit, technology and assets. Globally, fewer than half of women have jobs compared to almost four-fifths of men.… Read more

National Population Estimates: At 30 June 2017

New Zealand’s population grew by 100,400 in the year ended June 2017, the largest ever increase for a June year, Stats NZ said today. New Zealand’s estimated resident population was 4.79 million at 30 June 2017. Net migration (arrivals minus departures) contributed 72,300 people to the growth, along with 28,100 from natural increase (births minus deaths). Read the full report here Read more

Conference Communique 2: Day 2 from EDS Conference Tipping Points

Nature would have legal status under a government with the Greens “at its heart,” day two of the Environmental Defence Society’s Tipping Points conference heard. MP Eugenie Sage, standing in for party leader James Shaw, said that nature has a fundamental right to life, and a Green government would order a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Resource Management Act. “The Productivity Commission’s review… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Historical trajectories for reclaiming an indigenous identity in mental health interventions for Aotearoa/New Zealand—Māori values, biculturalism, and multiculturalism by Bennett and Liu

The Treaty of Waitangi (1840), signed between Māori (indigenous people) and the British Crown is today narrated as the foundation of New Zealand’s sovereignty. The theory of history and identity is mobilized to (1) articulate how historical narratives such as the story of the encounter between Māori and Pākehā (European New Zealanders) and the signing and subsequent violation of the Treaty between them furnish… Read more

Ministry of Health releases Maternity Report 2015

The report on Maternity describes
  • the demographic profile of women giving birth (eg, age, ethnicity, deprivation) and selected antenatal factors (eg, BMI, smoking)
  • events relating to labour and birth (eg, type of birth, interventions, place of birth)
  • the demographic profile of live-born babies, their birthweight and gestation and care provided after birth.
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Statistics New Zealand report reveals more support needed for disabled New Zealanders

Seven percent of disabled children need more help with personal care than they already get, according to their caregivers, Stats NZ said today. One in ten disabled adults also need more help than they get, according to the 2013 Household Disability Survey (2013 HDS). Read the report here Read more

Māori Article of the Week: The (De-)Universalization of the United States: Inscribing Māori History in the Library of Congress Classification

This chapter demonstrates how the University of Waikato in New Zealand adapted a global standard (the Library of Congress Classification) for local use by inscribing topics related to and about Māori history and people. The findings are the result of using library catalogs and classifications as primary historical documents. The University of Waikato’s classification simultaneously uses and implicitly… Read more

Superu Releases Whanau status reports 2015 & 2016

When thinking about the wellbeing of diverse families, it is important to consider the influence of cultural values, as these shape not only who is part of the family unit but also the overall levels of wellbeing of the family. Knowing about the influence of cultural values will enable the development of culturally responsive policies and services. To help build shared knowledge, this At A Glance presents key findings… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: The social context of alcohol use among Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Reflections of life experiences of alcohol use by older Māori by Herbert, Forster, McCreanor, and Stephens

To broaden public health approaches to alcohol use, this study provides an initial exploration of the social context of alcohol use among Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, from the perspectives of older Māori. Utilising a Māori-centred research approach, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 older Māori people to explore their personal experiences of alcohol use across their lifetime. Thematic analysis… Read more