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14 Feb 18 Commissioned

The National Crime Manager sought an independent assessment of the opportunities for and barriers to the recruitment, progress, and retention of women in the Criminal Investigation Branch. This report has been produced at the request of the New Zealand Police in response to concerns initially expressed by the Women's Consultative Committee.

The report has identified and confirmed the value of women working in the CIB, noting that both female and male officers are enthusiastic about the nature of their jobs. However there is also a degree of disillusionment on a number of fronts.

27 Nov 17 Completed

This study describes maternal labour market participation and childcare use in Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, in the context of government support for childcare, and other social/economic policies such as benefits and taxation. While maternal labour market participation in all three countries has increased markedly since the 1960s, each of the three countries in this study has a different combination of policies, and different patterns of labour market participation and childcare.

4 Oct 17 Completed

Presentation showing the findings of Rotorua focus group discussions by Dr Lynne Russell, Senior Researcher. Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāti Porou.

24 Jul 17 Completed

This report presents descriptive results about New Zealanders’ attitudes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The data are from the Attitudes and Behaviour towards Alcohol Survey (ABAS), which is a national survey of people aged 15 years and over about alcohol consumption patterns, alcohol-related behaviour, consequences of consuming alcohol, and attitudes. 

10 May 17 Completed

Teen Parent Units (TPUs) aim to improve access to schooling and to promote positive educational outcomes for teenagers who are pregnant or parents. They also provide wrap-around support, early childhood education for children, and links with health and social services.

Existing evidence and ERO reports suggest that students value the services and support they receive through the units, and that most TPUs provide supports that would be expected to lead to better educational, social, and health outcomes.

13 Mar 17 Completed

Effect of motherhood on pay – methodology and full results presents the methodology and analysis we used in our investigation of a ‘motherhood penalty’ in New Zealand. It is intended for those interested in the technical details behind the findings we present in Effect of motherhood on pay – summary of results.

10 Mar 17 Commissioned

The research report Empirical evidence of the gender pay gap in New Zealand  (led by Professor Gail Pacheco from AUT) tells us about the factors behind the gender pay gap and helps us focus our efforts. It is the first comprehensive update of the factors behind the national gender pay gap since 2003.

5 Dec 16 Completed

Socio-economic Factors and the Fertility of New Zealand Women is the first of three publications which set out to analyse some aspects of the data on the number of children born to women enumerated in the 1996 Census of Population and Dwellings. It is followed by a separate study of the relationship between ethnicity and fertility and how this contributes to the ethnic fabric of New Zealand life. The third study concerns the geography of fertility in which we consider spatial differentials in greater detail.

11 Jul 16 Completed

Minister for Women Louise Upston has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on New Zealand’s efforts to eliminate discrimination against women. New Zealand is required to periodically report on the country’s performance under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This is the eighth report New Zealand has provided since ratifying the Convention in 1985.

5 Jul 16 Completed

In responding to this questionnaire, we are aware of the Ministers’ emphasis on increasing the participation of women in science and technology studies and careers. This pre-position raises several issues and further investigation is suggested in some areas to gain a deeper understanding of the way women choose, or are compelled, to work and any implications this has for science and technology.

27 Jun 16 Completed

People trafficking is difficult to detect as the modus operandi of traffickers and trafficking syndicates is thought to evolve in response to efforts to eradicate the crime. As estimated by the US Department of State, approximately 800,000 people are trafficked annually across international borders, with 80 percent of victims believed to be female, and up to 50 percent minors. It is believed that the majority of this trafficking is for commercial sexual exploitation.

22 Jun 16 Completed

The Ministry of Social Development has funded self defence classes for school-age girls since 2001, primarily through the Women’s Self Defence Network – Wāhine Toa. The Ministry commissioned two reports in 2014-16 looking at the effectiveness of self defence programmes for girls and women as a strategy for protection against violence.

22 Jun 16 Completed

The Ministry of Social Development has funded self defence classes for school-age girls since 2001, primarily through the Women’s Self Defence Network – Wāhine Toa. The Ministry commissioned two reports in 2014-16 looking at the effectiveness of self defence programmes for girls and women as a strategy for protection against violence.

16 Jun 16 Completed

Internationally there is a growing demand for health services. Skilled health workers, including doctors, have a high degree of international mobility and New Zealand (NZ) stands out internationally in terms of the significant flows of doctors in and out of the country. Through changes in training of doctors in NZ and migration flows, there have been major shifts in the composition of the medical workforce in NZ since the mid-1980s.

31 May 16 Completed

The purpose of this report is to add to current knowledge around postnatal depression (PND) in New Zealand by providing an indication of PND prevalence as well as an overview of the social and life experiences, as well as help-seeking knowledge and attitudes, of women who might be experiencing PND. To this end, the current report uses data from the New Mothers’ Mental Health Survey (NMMHS), a cross-sectional survey conducted between July and September 2015. 

4 May 16 Completed

This paper takes an initial look at how mothers' and non-mothers' engagement with the labour market has changed over the last 20 years, how the mother and child characteristics affect mothers' levels of employment and unemployment, and the type and quality of work that mothers are employed in and how this compares with women with no children.

4 Mar 16 Completed

This research was focused on the narratives of a group of women in New Zealand who had served sentences managed by the Department of Corrections, had received some form of rehabilitation, but nevertheless had re-offended. It sought to understand what women thought were important factors driving their re-offending, and how approaches to rehabilitative assistance could be improved to support desistance from crime.

24 Feb 16 Ongoing

Family Start workers make regular home visits and, using a structured program, seek to improve parenting capability and practice. Workers also actively work to promote breastfeeding, reduce home hazards, connect infants to immunisation and primary health services, promote children’s participation in early childhood education, and connect families to services that could help address family violence, substance abuse, mental health and other challenges they face.

3 Feb 16 Commissioned

The In Fact series summarise key research that Sport New Zealand have funded.