Report launch: Who are today’s dads?

12 September 2016
Dr Lisa Underwood
Dr Lisa Underwood speaking at the report launch Who are todays dads?

The first report from the University of Auckland Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua project on fathers and co-parents in contemporary New Zealand was launched on 09 September 2016.

The launch event was hosted by Superu as part of its Seminar Series.

The “Who are today’s dads?” report was introduced by His Honour Judge Becroft, the Children’s Commissioner. In his opening remarks, Judge Becroft, the former New Zealand Principal Youth Court Judge, reflected on the absolute, pivotal importance of having dads and father-figures in the lives of young people.

The report highlights the diversity of the fathers and co-parents of children in the contemporary New Zealand longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand when the children were six years old. The more than 4,000 participants in the study include biological fathers, stepfathers, adoptive and foster parents, co-mums, grandparents and other family members.

The report also explores the roles that participants play and how involved they are in their children’s lives.

“Key findings: Dads and work” investigates participants’ engagement in the work force and work-life balance.

Speakers at the event were

  • Dr Te Kani Kingi, Māori Theme Lead for Growing Up in New Zealand
  • Associate Professor Susan Morton the study’s principal investigator and Director of the Centre for longitudinal Research and Growing Up in New Zealand
  • Dr Lisa Underwood and Dr Marjolein Verbiest, Research Fellows at the University of Auckland
  • Associate Professor Cameron Grant, Head of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland  

The reports are now available to download.

The reports have received coverage in local news media:

04 September New Zealand Herald article
04 September New Zealand Herald Editorial

09 September Newshub story