How to Spot a Possible Pest Problem

 

A lot of New Zealanders have heard the phrase “pest control in East Auckland“. They might have heard it from friends or family, or the news, or people they have worked with in the past. For many of them, it has a familiar ring to it – you’re likely to hear it the next time you need a quick fix for a small household problem.

What exactly is pest control and what is pest control in East Auckland? To get an idea of how this works, here’s an overview of how people in New Zealand are exposed to pests in their day-to-day lives.

Your Land is Your Home’s Boon – Your Land Is Your Home’s Boon Your home is a building – it’s not only where you live and sleep but also where you build your life. Pest infestation, mites, small rodents, snakes, and more can invade your home and find their way into your home.

Pests can come in different ways to you – one can be common in your home such as ants, termites, and rats. But it’s important to note that these are more often at the tip of your nose and will make themselves right at home.

You may also notice small mammals, insects, and insects crawling through your floorboards and walls. These pests can be quite difficult to see but by carefully inspecting the area, you’ll quickly know if you’ve a pest infestation.

Pests can also be found outside your home such as birds, reptiles, mice, rats, and other pests. These pests can be inside your home too, although it is generally more difficult to spot them since they are hiding in crevices, under furniture, and inside your walls.

Your Food Will DeterThem From You – The Food You Eat Will Deter Pests In most cases, you are exposed to pests each day. Some of these exposures happen while you are sleeping, while others happen while you are in the shower, at work, or while cleaning your home.

You also have the chance to pick up a few pests yourself from plants, food, and soil. By looking at the colors of the items and smelling them, you can easily tell if something is really pest infested or just an “annoying” problem.

Taking Note of the Signs of Pests – How to Tell When They Are Here Pests are everywhere, and if you don’t know how to keep an eye out for them, you could end up dealing with a big problem that could cost you a lot of money. What are some signs of pests?

Most pests will go away on their own, but there are also some pests that can be a nuisance – no matter how “annoying” they are to you, it is still likely that you will need pest control in East Auckland. One example of these pests is cats, especially the outdoor ones.

These pests can be a nuisance in your house, and some are more noticeable than others. If you notice that there are mice running around in the living room, then you have a serious pest problem.

The first step in getting pest control in East Auckland is knowing how to spot these pests when they are around. This can be the difference between dealing with pests for a short period of time and a long term problem that could cost you a lot of money.

Work and finances

A key contributor to family wellbeing and whānau ora is the ability to make wise and informed choices about working, earning, spending, caring for their children, and having family time.

Compromised family economic circumstances have an impact beyond just the money, affecting health, employment, quality of life, relationships and outcomes for children.

Our research explores these issues and recommends ways in which the current situation could be improved – through new ways of working, improved support for childcare, paid parental leave and financial and other supports to prevent and reduce problem debt.

National Drug Policy
Submission to the Ministry of Health

In this submission, the Families Commission provides evidence from three of its research studies which show that there needs to be more support for families living with addiction.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 28 Feb, 2014
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Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
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Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee

In this submission, the Families Commission supports the intention of the Bill to improve the lives of beneficiaries, and calls for a number of changes to the Social Security Act to do this more effectively.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (456.5 KB)
Snapshot 17-12: Financial Hardship
Problem Debt

Problem debt is one symptom of financial hardship and is a significant barrier to families enjoying a meaningful, rewarding life. Families need to take action early before their debt spirals o
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Parental Leave And Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave) Amendment Bill
Submission to the Government Administration Select Committee

In this submission, the Families Commission argues that the Government should:
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 5 Oct, 2012
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Submission on the Child Support Amendment Bill
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee

The Child Support Amendment Bill amends the formula for the financial support of children whose parents have separated so that it is based on the combined income of both parents, the age of the children and a more equitable shared care threshold.
SUBMISSIONS
Sat 30 Jun, 2012
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Submission on the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Draft Amendment Bill

This submission supports most of the provisions of the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Draft Amendment Bill, but asks that it go further in its protections of vulnerable families.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 25 May, 2012
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Te Pūmautanga o te Whānau
Tūhoe and South Auckland whānau

In order to better understand whānau resilience and strength in the face of financial hardship and adversity, the Families Commission carried out five case studies with 40 families and whānau in ve
RESEARCH REPORTS
Fri 17 Feb, 2012
Download Te Pūmautanga o Te Whānau: Tūhoe and South Auckland – Research Report (25.66 MB)
One Step at a Time
Supporting families and whānau in financial hardship

This Families Commission research aims to better understand ways to support families and whānau in financial hardship, and to identify practical strategies for working with these families and whāna
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 16 Feb, 2012
Download One step at a time (9.62 MB)
Work Experiences of Asian Immigrants
Impact on family wellbeing

This research study explores the work experiences of immigrants of Asian origin living in the greater Auckland region, New Zealand.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 19 Dec, 2011
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Whānau

Whānau Rangatiratanga creates a powerful platform from which whānau can live in rangatira ways. This is about whānau taking control of their futures.

In New Zealand today, whānau live diverse realities, including those deeply and richly connected to their turangawaewae and those disconnected from it. Kaupapa Māori processes and tools enable whānau to build capacity and capability to successfully achieve Whānau Rangatiratanga.

Change for Māori must be led by Māori taking a Māori worldview in defining and working toward new futures. If government wants to make real improvements in outcomes for Māori whanau and children it needs to engage in real partnerships with Māori.

We need to support strong leadership within whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities by recognising such leaders at all levels. Government and regional and local government agencies can empower leaders within whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities by engaging in meaningful dialogue and exercising partnership principles in their policies and practises.

The reports and resources in this section will focus on strengths based approaches in working with whānau and describe and share successful kaupapa Maori based interventions with whānau.

What Works with Māori: What the people said

What works with Māori: What the people said draws together a significant body of work, undertaken by the Commission as part of its Whānau Rangatiratanga Work Programme: He Ara Whakamua
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 12 Sep, 2013
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Families and Whānau Status Report 2013
Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau

The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 5 Aug, 2013
Download Families and Whānau Status Report 2013 (3.43 MB)
He Ara Whakamua – Whakatane
Whākapakari i te whānau / Parenting Education

Many New Zealanders remain unaware of the true value of Māori cultural knowledge as a source of innovation and creativity – this may be a legacy of a colonised past.
FORUM REPORTS
Thu 28 Mar, 2013
Download He Ara Whakamua Whakatane – Final report (281.99 KB)
He Ara Whakamua – New Plymouth
Taranaki – Wealthy Again. This time all of us.

The Families Commission joined with Taranaki Whānau to hold a wānanga as part of the He Ara Whakamua series. This wānanga addressed the kaupapa:
FORUM REPORTS
Mon 10 Dec, 2012
Download He Ara Whakamua New Plymouth – Final Report (658.87 KB)
Disabled parents
Diversity, experiences, and support needs

This resource shares knowledge about the needs and experiences of disabled parents, and can be used by government and service providers, as well as by parents.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 27 Nov, 2012
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Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna
A resource for Māori grandparents

This resource explores the experiences of Māori grandparents in New Zealand. It describes the pleasures and pressures of grandparenting and the significant role grandparents play in the lives of whānau. This includes providing support, sharing resources, nurturing mokopuna, and teaching te reo, whakapapa, history and tikanga.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna (986.75 KB)
Snapshot 14-12: The Early Years
Children aged 0-5 years

Greater investment is needed in supporting families and whānau with young children, in particular those experiencing hardship and vulnerability, to ensure they have access to the support they need
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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He Ara Whakamua – Auckland
Working with vulnerable whānau, supporting vulnerable children

Many New Zealanders remain unaware of the true value of Māori cultural knowledge as a source of innovation and creativity – this may be a legacy of a colonised past.
FORUM REPORTS
Wed 28 Mar, 2012
Download Building pathways together to the future – final report (7.04 MB)
He Ara Whakamua – Wellington
The role of whānau, iwi, te reo Māori and literacy

Many New Zealanders remain unaware of the true value of Māori cultural knowledge as a source of innovation and creativity – this may be a legacy of a colonised past.
FORUM REPORTS
Wed 28 Mar, 2012
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Partnerships with Māori
He Waka Whānui

He Waka Whānui is the partnership model underpinning the Families Commission’s Whānau Strategic Framework.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Wed 28 Mar, 2012
Download Partnerships with Māori – He Waka Whānui (36.87 MB)

Social services

Most families and whānau require assistance during their life time and seek help first through their own support networks.

When families and whānau do seek assistance outside their own support networks, they need services that take account of all their family circumstances and responsibilities, rather than the needs of individuals in isolation from thier families. A ‘whole family approach’ better integrates multiple services around the needs of families rather than families having to fit into what different, unconnected service providers provide.

In recent years research has explored principles of practice in highly innovative organisations that deliver positive outcomes for families and whānau through having communities and different social service sectors work together.

Reports and resources in this theme explore the social support needs for families and whānau and vulnerable families in particular, and describe innovative practice research that we have undertaken with schools and community groups.

National Drug Policy
Submission to the Ministry of Health

In this submission, the Families Commission provides evidence from three of its research studies which show that there needs to be more support for families living with addiction.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 28 Feb, 2014
Download Submission on the National Drug Policy (265.85 KB)
Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children
Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee

The relationship and interactions between schools, families and communities can have a significant bearing on educational outcomes.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 7 Nov, 2013
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Carers Strategy Action Plan 2013-2018
Submission to the Ministry of Social Development

The Carers Strategy dates from 2008. The Action Plan 2013-2018 is the second aimed at progressing it.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 2 Aug, 2013
Download Submission on the Carers Strategy Action Plan (319.58 KB)
At the Heart
Families at the centre, communities leading

Video based resources to help you think about your work with families and communities.
FORUM REPORTS
Mon 25 Feb, 2013
Download At The Heart User Guide (686.7 KB)
Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill
Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee

The Commission’s submission supports proposals to provide dispute resolution processes outside the court that promote early resolution for families.
SUBMISSIONS
Wed 13 Feb, 2013
Download Submission on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill (306.09 KB)
Disabled parents
Diversity, experiences, and support needs

This resource shares knowledge about the needs and experiences of disabled parents, and can be used by government and service providers, as well as by parents.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 27 Nov, 2012
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Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
Download Pacific families and problem debt (1.3 MB)
Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee

In this submission, the Families Commission supports the intention of the Bill to improve the lives of beneficiaries, and calls for a number of changes to the Social Security Act to do this more effectively.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (456.5 KB)
Snapshot 17-12: Financial Hardship
Problem Debt

Problem debt is one symptom of financial hardship and is a significant barrier to families enjoying a meaningful, rewarding life. Families need to take action early before their debt spirals o
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Snapshot 16-12: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Becoming a parent at a young age brings real challenges but with the right support teen parents can achieve good outcomes. We need to build more deliberate connections to make better use of cu
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Relationships

Family and whānau relationships – whether they nurture or harm – have a powerful effect on family and whānau wellbeing.

The quality of adult couple relationships can have a significant impact on their ability to cope with shocks and challenging life events and on children’s development, wellbeing and life outcomes. Building and maintaining positive family relationships is critical to avoiding negative outcomes for future generations. Most children and young people learn about relationships and develop the skills to manage their own by observing their parents and relatives. While they are intensely personal, family and whānau relationships are also influenced by societal, cultural and economic changes.

Reports and resources in this section explore issues related to couple and young people relationships, parental separation, family formation, fathering, caring for children and other family members and the range of support provided for families in different setting such as school and the workplace.

Issues Paper 05:
Supporting parental and carer-couple relationships

Supporting all parenting adults is important but it is particularly important when families are in difficult situations; for example, where there is persistent poverty, conflict or violence, where
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Tue 11 Feb, 2014
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Families and Whānau Status Report 2013
Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau

The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 5 Aug, 2013
Download Families and Whānau Status Report 2013 (3.43 MB)
Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill
Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee

The Commission’s submission supports proposals to provide dispute resolution processes outside the court that promote early resolution for families.
SUBMISSIONS
Wed 13 Feb, 2013
Download Submission on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill (306.09 KB)
Disabled parents
Diversity, experiences, and support needs

This resource shares knowledge about the needs and experiences of disabled parents, and can be used by government and service providers, as well as by parents.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 27 Nov, 2012
Download Disabled parents – Diversity, experiences and support needs (913.1 KB)
Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
Download Pacific families and problem debt (1.3 MB)
Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
Submission to the Government Administration Select Committee

The Bill removes the most significant remaining legislative discrimination against same-sex couples, and eases potential problems for children adopted by them.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 26 Oct, 2012
Download Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (235.5 KB)
Snapshot 16-12: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Becoming a parent at a young age brings real challenges but with the right support teen parents can achieve good outcomes. We need to build more deliberate connections to make better use of cu
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Snapshot 15-12: Parenting

Parenting is one of the most important jobs in society today and the overwhelming majority of parents and caregivers provide a healthy and supportive environment, and are committed to the best poss
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Fact Sheet 01 – New Zealand Families Today
A brief demographic profile

This brief demographic profile presents a broad overview of the make-up of the New Zealand family in 2011 and identifies trends over the past few decades.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Wed 8 Aug, 2012
Download New-Zealand-Families-Today.pdf (431.71 KB)
Submission on the Child Support Amendment Bill
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee

The Child Support Amendment Bill amends the formula for the financial support of children whose parents have separated so that it is based on the combined income of both parents, the age of the children and a more equitable shared care threshold.
SUBMISSIONS
Sat 30 Jun, 2012
Download Submission on the Child Support Amendment Bill (317.62 KB)

Parents and carers

Parents and carers have a critical influence on what children experience and on their future outcomes.

The quality of care affects children’s health, school achievement, self-esteem, attachment with others, future relationships and how they make friends and co-operate with others. Children who do not get enough care and nurturing may have difficulty as adults parenting their own children.

Parenting can be complicated; family life can be challenging and difficult and parents may need support at different stages of their children’s development. Time constraints, arranging childcare, employment, unemployment, housing, transport, and competing family responsibilities place significant pressures on parents. Additionally, financial stress is a continual feature of life for some families and whānau.

Reports and resources in this theme explore the challenges and opportunities of different parenting roles, such as sole mothers, fathering, grandparenting – and the wide range of issues facing parents in New Zealand today.

Families and Whānau Status Report 2013
Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau

The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 5 Aug, 2013
Download Families and Whānau Status Report 2013 (3.43 MB)
Carers Strategy Action Plan 2013-2018
Submission to the Ministry of Social Development

The Carers Strategy dates from 2008. The Action Plan 2013-2018 is the second aimed at progressing it.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 2 Aug, 2013
Download Submission on the Carers Strategy Action Plan (319.58 KB)
Disabled parents
Diversity, experiences, and support needs

This resource shares knowledge about the needs and experiences of disabled parents, and can be used by government and service providers, as well as by parents.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 27 Nov, 2012
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Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
Download Pacific families and problem debt (1.3 MB)
Evidence Brief 01 – Teen Births
Regional and national trends

This report looks at teenage birth rates over time, across regions and by age of mother, and includes data about a second or subsequent birth to a teenage mother.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Thu 15 Nov, 2012
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Fact Sheet 02 – Teen Births
Regional and national trends

This Fact Sheet provides summary information from our research report on national and regional trends in teenage birth rates –
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Thu 15 Nov, 2012
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Paying family carers of disabled adult children
Submission to the Ministry of Health

In this submission, the Families Commission supports paying carers, and favours a scheme whereby the money goes first to the disabled person, allowing the disabled person to decide who will be their paid carer.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
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Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna
A resource for Māori grandparents

This resource explores the experiences of Māori grandparents in New Zealand. It describes the pleasures and pressures of grandparenting and the significant role grandparents play in the lives of whānau. This includes providing support, sharing resources, nurturing mokopuna, and teaching te reo, whakapapa, history and tikanga.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna (986.75 KB)
Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill
Submission to the Government Administration Select Committee

The Bill removes the most significant remaining legislative discrimination against same-sex couples, and eases potential problems for children adopted by them.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 26 Oct, 2012
Download Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill (235.5 KB)
Snapshot 16-12: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting

Becoming a parent at a young age brings real challenges but with the right support teen parents can achieve good outcomes. We need to build more deliberate connections to make better use of cu
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
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Pacific

Pacific people make up a significant and growing proportion of New Zealand’s population.

The majority of Pacific people are now New Zealand born, predominantly young and highly urbanised. The Pacific population in New Zealand is highly diverse, made up of many different ethnicities. Many Pacific families have strong family ties and support.

However, many Pacific families also face high levels of unemployment, are in low-paid jobs, live within large extended families, have low home ownership and can experience difficulty accessing credit at reasonable interest rates. Understanding these characteristics provides an important context for analysing the social and economic position of Pacific people.

Reports and resources in this section explore a range of issues facing Pacific families in New Zealand – the changing Pacific household compositions, Pacific family wellbeing, debt, parenting, the influence and importance of Pacific cultural values and the resilience of Pacific families and youth.

Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
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Being a Single Mum
Pacific Island mothers’ positive experiences of parenting

This Families Commission report looked at a social environment in which families have priority and can flourish, enabling more families to achieve the successful outcomes they aspire to.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Fri 4 Jun, 2010
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Living the Tokelauan Way in New Zealand
Teenagers’ perspectives on extended-family living

This study aimed to understand how Tokelauan youth feel about living in extended-family households, and to describe their experiences of extended-family living and their understanding of its impact on their health and wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 3 Nov, 2009
Download living-the-tokelauan-way.pdf (633.76 KB)
Changing Pacific Households

This publication comprises two reports – Changing Pacific household composition and wellbeing 1981–2006 and A qualitative snapshot of household composition, wellbeing, parenting and economic decision-making among Pacific families in Auckland, 2008.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 3 Nov, 2009
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Pasifika Youth in South Auckland
Family, gangs, community, culture, leadership and the future

The aim of this study funded by the Families Commission was to interview Pasifika youth from the suburbs of Māngere and Ōtara – including those who were involved in gangs and those who had ne
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 3 Nov, 2009
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Diverse Forms of Pacific Families
and their financial decision-making approaches

Understanding Pacific peoples in the context of their families is crucial to working successfully with Pacific families and communities. During the past five years, the researchers have undertaken various research studies and community engagement projects which led them to believe that there is a need for better understanding of the nature of Pacific families in New Zealand and their decision-making processes.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 1 Sep, 2007
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Family violence

Strong, well-functioning and non-violent relationships are the foundation of resilient families and whānau.

Neglectful, abusive and violent relationships are harmful to all family and whānau members. They destroy all levels of relationships and can have long-lasting effects on the quality of future relationships. Family violence affects everybody, particularly partners, children and the elderly; it damages our society and the economy.

Current levels of family violence in New Zealand are unacceptably high. A society that is intolerant of family violence will lead to a culture of change and reduction in violence. Families, social services and government agencies identify family violence as a pressing issue for New Zealand families and whānau. There needs to be a strong commitment to the development of a culture in New Zealand that does not tolerate violence. The It’s not OK campaign is one initiative that aims to change social attitudes towards family violence in New Zealand.

The reports and resources under this theme explore a conceptual model for future violence prevention, consider New Zealand’s family violence statistics, and issues related to elder abuse and neglect.

Superu funds the University of Auckland to operate the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is the national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Superu provides the lead for the White Ribbon Campaign in New Zealand to end violence against women, with the assistance of funding from the Ministry of Social Development and Te Puni Kōkiri. The campaign uses nationwide events (White Ribbon Ride, White Ribbon Ambassadors, Newspaper Pledges, Giant White Ribbon Project and the provision of resources such as ribbons, posters, temporary tattoos) and supports local events throughout New Zealand.

It’s not OK

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

White Ribbon

Family Violence Data Summaries
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse has produced a number of data summaries on Family Violence, drawn from administrative, service and survey data.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Fri 28 Jun, 2013
Policy and practice implications
Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse’s fourth issues paper explores the system responses required to support children exposed to intimate partner viol
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Fri 19 Apr, 2013
Understanding connections and relationships
Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse’s third issues paper reviews the evidence on the frequency with which intimate partner violence and child maltreatment co-occur.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Fri 19 Apr, 2013
Measurement of family violence at a population level
What might be needed to develop reliable and valid family violence indicators?

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse’s second issues paper reviews some of the data sources on family violence, and assesses the strengths and limitations of these sources of data for measuring trends in family violence.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Fri 29 Jun, 2012
Violence Against Women
New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse Data Summary 2

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse has produced a number of data summaries drawn from administrative and service data.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Fri 25 May, 2012
Building collaborations to eliminate family violence
Facilitators, barriers and good practice

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse’s first issues paper focuses on facilitators and barriers to building collaborations to eliminate family violence.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Wed 14 Mar, 2012
Submission on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children

The Families Commission submission to the Green Paper says children are a taonga, a treasure and the Families Commission vision is for a country that has virtually eradicated child maltreatment.
SUBMISSIONS
Tue 28 Feb, 2012
Download Submission on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children (388.7 KB)
Victims of Crime Reform Bill
Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee

This submission supports the Victims of Crime Reform Bill, but asks for a number of significant amendments.
SUBMISSIONS
Sun 12 Feb, 2012
Download Submission on the Victims of Crime Reform Bill (403.95 KB)
Snapshot 09-11: Family violence
It’s not OK

Family violence is not okay, but it is okay to ask for help.
SNAPSHOTS
Thu 15 Sep, 2011
Download Family Violence: It’s not OK campaign (246.35 KB)
Submission on the Alcohol Reform Bill

This submission supports aspects of the Bill, and disagrees with others. It principally argues that New Zealand needs to change its drinking culture.
SUBMISSIONS
Tue 1 Feb, 2011
Download Submission on the Alcohol Reform Bill (289.06 KB)

Community and culture

Families and whānau do best when they live in safe, well connected and supportive communities.

New Zealand’s communities are changing, with increasing ethnic, cultural and faith-based diversity. There is mounting evidence of an association between family or whānau connection to strong and cohesive communities and desirable outcomes for children:

better physical and mental health
improved social and emotional development
reduced parental stress and enhanced positive parenting
higher school retention and increased educational achievement
higher levels of employment and income
less social exclusion and isolation.
reduced crime
Family and whānau should be at the heart of thinking and planning for local neighbourhood development and the way in which support and services are provided within communities.

Reports and resources in this section explore issues around family-centred, community-led development and the changing nature of communities, the importance of a whole-of-community response, and ways of working together to grow strong, thriving communities, and settlement experiences in New Zealand.

Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children
Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee

The relationship and interactions between schools, families and communities can have a significant bearing on educational outcomes.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 7 Nov, 2013
Download Submission to the Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children (381.41 KB)
Families and Whānau Status Report 2013
Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau

The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 5 Aug, 2013
Download Families and Whānau Status Report 2013 (3.43 MB)
Proposed gambling venue policies
Submission to Auckland Council

The Families Commission supports Auckland Council’s proposals for a cap on the number of standalone TAB venues, and a sinking lid on gaming machine venues and numbers.
SUBMISSIONS
Mon 25 Feb, 2013
Download Submission to Auckland Council on proposed gambling venue policies (254.02 KB)
At the Heart
Families at the centre, communities leading

Video based resources to help you think about your work with families and communities.
FORUM REPORTS
Mon 25 Feb, 2013
Download At The Heart User Guide (686.7 KB)
Disabled parents
Diversity, experiences, and support needs

This resource shares knowledge about the needs and experiences of disabled parents, and can be used by government and service providers, as well as by parents.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 27 Nov, 2012
Download Disabled parents – Diversity, experiences and support needs (913.1 KB)
Pacific families and problem debt

This research looks at how Pacific families manage their finances. The information can be used by government and providers as they design future initiatives with Pacific families.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Sat 24 Nov, 2012
Download Pacific families and problem debt (1.3 MB)
Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna
A resource for Māori grandparents

This resource explores the experiences of Māori grandparents in New Zealand. It describes the pleasures and pressures of grandparenting and the significant role grandparents play in the lives of whānau. This includes providing support, sharing resources, nurturing mokopuna, and teaching te reo, whakapapa, history and tikanga.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna (986.75 KB)
Family-centred communities
The role of local government

In 2009 the Families Commission and Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) recognised the key role local government has in influencing and enhancing outcomes for families’ wellbeing in their com
RESEARCH REPORTS
Tue 30 Oct, 2012
Download Family-centred communities: the role of local government (3.39 MB)
Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill
Submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee

The Families Commission supported the general principle in this Amendment Bill that local authorities should be fiscally responsible, but opposed the proposal to delete references to community well
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 26 Jul, 2012
Download Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (275.46 KB)
Work Experiences of Asian Immigrants
Impact on family wellbeing

This research study explores the work experiences of immigrants of Asian origin living in the greater Auckland region, New Zealand.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 19 Dec, 2011
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Knowledge Centre themes

Children and youth

Children and young people are our future. We all have a role to play in keeping them safe and strong.

Ensuring New Zealand children and young people have positive wellbeing experiences, will determine what sort of adults they become, how they parent and how they participate in society. The reports and resources in this theme explore a wide range of issues affecting children, young people and their family and whānau; focusing on the early years, education, child discipline, and young people’s relationships.

National Drug Policy
Submission to the Ministry of Health

In this submission, the Families Commission provides evidence from three of its research studies which show that there needs to be more support for families living with addiction.
SUBMISSIONS
Fri 28 Feb, 2014
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Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children
Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee

The relationship and interactions between schools, families and communities can have a significant bearing on educational outcomes.
SUBMISSIONS
Thu 7 Nov, 2013
Download Submission to the Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children (381.41 KB)
Vulnerable Children’s Bill 2013
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee

This Bill introduces a range of measures aimed at providing greater protection for vulnerable children. In the submission, the Families Commission examines research evidence in relation to th
SUBMISSIONS
Wed 30 Oct, 2013
Download Submission on the Vulnerable Children’s Bill 2013 (280.47 KB)
Families and Whānau Status Report 2013
Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau

The Families and Whānau Status Report is the first in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Mon 5 Aug, 2013
Download Families and Whānau Status Report 2013 (3.43 MB)
Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill
Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee

The Commission’s submission supports proposals to provide dispute resolution processes outside the court that promote early resolution for families.
SUBMISSIONS
Wed 13 Feb, 2013
Download Submission on the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill (306.09 KB)
Evidence Brief 01 – Teen Births
Regional and national trends

This report looks at teenage birth rates over time, across regions and by age of mother, and includes data about a second or subsequent birth to a teenage mother.
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Thu 15 Nov, 2012
Download Teen Births evidence brief (464.96 KB)
Fact Sheet 02 – Teen Births
Regional and national trends

This Fact Sheet provides summary information from our research report on national and regional trends in teenage birth rates –
BRIEFS AND STATISTICS
Thu 15 Nov, 2012
Download Teen Births fact sheet (1.53 MB)
Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna
A resource for Māori grandparents

This resource explores the experiences of Māori grandparents in New Zealand. It describes the pleasures and pressures of grandparenting and the significant role grandparents play in the lives of whānau. This includes providing support, sharing resources, nurturing mokopuna, and teaching te reo, whakapapa, history and tikanga.
RESEARCH REPORTS
Thu 1 Nov, 2012
Download Tūpuna – Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna (986.75 KB)
Snapshot 14-12: The Early Years
Children aged 0-5 years

Greater investment is needed in supporting families and whānau with young children, in particular those experiencing hardship and vulnerability, to ensure they have access to the support they need
SNAPSHOTS
Mon 8 Oct, 2012
Download Snapshot 14-12: Early Years (256.71 KB)
Proposed amendments to guidelines on surrogacy and donations of eggs or sperm

This submission comments on proposed changes to the Guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology. These changes would allow single men or male couples, in certain circumstances, to use these technologies to produce children.
SUBMISSIONS
Wed 12 Sep, 2012
Download Submission on surrogacy and donations (222.59 KB)