The report highlights results from a research project entitled The Place of Caregiving: Community environments, participation, health and wellbeing.
The project, undertaken in Waitakere City and North Shore City in the Auckland region, explored the relationship between characteristics of the natural and built environments of selected neighbourhoods, and the daily experiences of parents living and raising young children in these neighbourhoods. Study findings that relate to the attributes of urban neighbourhoods that support families are presented.
The rationale for the study emanated from emerging literature in the neighbourhoods and health field, which suggests that variation in health outcomes between areas can be explained by differences between the characteristics of places, as well as differences in the characteristics of the people who live in those places. Neighbourhood variation in access to services and amenities has been identified as one of a number of possible pathways through which neighbourhoods influence health-related social practices.
This report was developed for the Families Commission Innovative Practice Fund by Dr Karen Witten, Liane Penney, Fuafiva Faalau and Victoria Jensen.