The role of Pacific fathers in a contemporary setting
Publication Date
Lead Organisation
Growing Up in New Zealand
Lead Researcher
Jacinta Fa’alili-Fidow
Access Type
Primary Classification
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification
Family and Whanau
Fathers play a significant role in the lives of children. With almost half of Pacific fathers born overseas and over 60% of these migrant fathers raised outside of NZ, further attention needs to be given to the challenges and strengths of fathers in NZ and what policies and services would best respond to the needs of a diverse mix of fathers in NZ. Parenting practices, the amount and quality of time spent with their child and the expectations and hopes for their children are all important indicators of healthy and positive engagement and experiences. There are implications for a range of settings beyond the family, including community and workplace.