Asian families in New Zealand represent a diversity of cultures and languages and include people from a wide range of backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education, religion and beliefs. The number of people who identify with Asian ethnicities in NZ makes up an increasing segment of the population, which is forecast to grow over the coming decades.

This research aimed to look at identifying ways to better support Asian families and increase successful engagement with the Asian community.

The research involved talking to nearly 60 parents of different Asian ethnicities in seven focus groups around Auckland, as well as interviewing key staff within Plunket and from other relevant organisations.

Research summary

  • Key barriers to access and utilize services include language and cultural barriers.
  • Many participants were not aware of child health services available in New Zealand.
  • Ways to better support Asian families include providing information in their own languages and better promotion of Plunket services.
  • Workforce development, which includes cultural competency, can also help better supporting Asian families.

Why is this research important?

This research is important as it forms the basis of Plunket’s Asian Strategy. Results from this report identified gaps in service delivery and recommend ways in which Asian families can be better supported, through reducing barriers to accessing services and promoting engagement.

Who might be interested in this research?

People who are in the field of improving access and health outcomes of Asian people, particularly in the area of child health.

If you have any questions, please email

Summary of findings

Read the summary of results from the Asian family support project here.