Health and Pacific Peoples in New Zealand is the third report in the Pacific Progress series. It presents findings on Pacific peoples’ health outcomes, discusses the socio-economic factors that influence these outcomes, and offers suggestions for improving Pacific peoples’ health. As well as providing background data, the report discusses the role of effective interventions so policymakers and researchers can design programmes and policies that are tailored to the needs of Pacific peoples.
Pacific Progress is a series of reports that examine the place of New Zealand’s Pacific peoples in a number of sectors. The reports present findings of analysis conducted until 2010. They are produced collaboratively by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs. Statistics NZ has provided much of the data, analytical support, and resources for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs to lead the analysis and commentary. The objective of the series is to inform how best to improve outcomes for Pacific peoples, a fast-growing population within New Zealand.
Based on 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings data, the reports will underpin the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ future monitoring of the public sector’s contribution to Pacific peoples’ advancement. Publishing electronically gives the flexibility to refresh regularly. The Pacific Progress series will be updated following each census. In intervening years, data from sources such as the ongoing New Zealand Health Survey will enable us to track progress.
The Pacific Progress series will be of wide value. We believe the analysis will make a positive contribution to the work of many agencies that already have programmes and policies to enhance outcomes for Pacific peoples. For those not already doing so, we hope the reports may serve as a prompt.
Enhancing outcomes for New Zealand’s Pacific peoples is critical. A productive and prosperous New Zealand will be increasingly associated with productive and prosperous Pacific New Zealanders.
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Statistics New Zealand