Child obesity represents a significant health issue in New Zealand today, particularly amongst Māori and Pacific families. The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) is conducting a performance audit on child obesity, to see how effective the public service is in its efforts to prevent and reduce child obesity in New Zealand.
To help inform the audit, Research New Zealand was commissioned by the OAG to conduct a series of focus groups with Māori and Pasifika parents to get their perspective (as potential end users) on the provision of obesity-related services. Conducted as a series of four hui and fono in South Auckland, between the 25th and 28th of February, 2013, this project was completed with a total of 31 Māori and Pasifika parents from Counties Manukau, Waitemata and Orakei, Auckland. All participants were recruited on the basis that they were parents or guardians of children aged 5-14 years of age.
Based on the research results the OAG has recently published a short report.