Analytical paper

Pacific peoples’ wellbeing (AP 23/01)

New Zealand is home to the world’s largest Pacific population. About one in 12 New Zealanders identifies as having a Pacific ethnicity or ethnicities, and the Pacific population is much younger and faster growing than the general population. As the Pacific population continues to grow, so too does their influence and importance to wellbeing in New Zealand. This analytical paper explores the key values, beliefs and practices that shape Pacific New Zealanders’ experience of wellbeing and provides information about how Pacific people in New Zealand are faring across a range of wellbeing domains.


This paper has been developed in close collaboration with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. The authors are grateful for the Ministry’s invaluable contribution to the evidence and analysis in this paper.

The authors would also like to gratefully acknowledge all the individuals and agencies who have generously provided data and feedback on drafts, particularly: Dr Margaret Southwick, Treasury colleagues including Diana Cook and Diego Cardona, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Tertiary Education Commission, Te Puna Aonui, and Oranga Tamariki.


The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are strictly those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury, Stats NZ or the New Zealand Government. The New Zealand Treasury and the New Zealand Government take no responsibility for any errors or omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in this Analytical Paper. Access to the data used in this study was provided by Stats NZ in accordance with security and confidentiality provisions of the Statistics Act 1975. The results presented in this study are the work of the author, not Stats NZ.