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The experience of Pacific women in Auckland during and post the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 Pacific women Women New Zealand

The aim of this research was to explore the experience of Pacific Island women in Auckland during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. Focus group interviews were conducted to examine participants' experiences.


The research findings informed us that Pacific women in Auckland experienced mixed feelings during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. Some experienced negative feelings and others positive feelings. This was due to their family size, socioeconomic status and cultural values and beliefs. Negative feelings included uncertainty during the lockdown as it was a new experience. The stress about losing jobs and fear of catching the disease unconsciously was very much highlighted in the women’s perceptions. Some women experienced confusion about COVID-19 due to mixed messages from the Government and service providers. The feelings of anxiety towards elderly parents about how they were doing, due to the limited contact, caused emotional experiences among some family members.

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