We are very proud of our Philosophy Doc Seini Taufa and her remarks during the Growing Up in New Zealand webinar held on Thursday 4th November. As a team, we acknowledge Seini for representing our Pacific families and making sure their voices are heard.
Until the recording of the webinar comes out, you can read the two reports that were released this week. The survey was undertaken last year during the first lockdown. some great positive insights relating to Pacific as well. Children in bigger bubbles were less likely to experience depression and anxiety so Pacific children had experienced a decline in depression and anxiety scores (compared to 8 year data collection wave).
There’s some relativity to take into account here as we had a pretty high starting point, however it definitely highlights the protective factors we’ve always known have existed and which were elevated as families were together at home. Not to dismiss the ongoing needs e.g. digital access, divide, inclusion and the fact that children who worried about money or had mothers with 4 or more depressive symptoms were more likely to experience depression- these are ongoing needs to highlight. Malo lava Seini.
The links to the survey can be found below: