Birthright Stories

June 3, 2016

In his 1964 annual report, the President of Birthright Auckland had remarked: ‘It is a matter of increasing wonderment to us all that in a community and a welfare state such as ours there should be so many who need help” – twenty years later the Read More

June 3, 2016

The social and economic changes during the 1970s saw a significant rise in non-widowed, one parent families. In 1971, 5% of all households were one parent families, while births to unmarried mothers had peaked at 44.4 per 1000 women of Read More

June 3, 2016

The types of one-parent families within New Zealand expanded rapidly in the 1960s. Changing social attitudes saw the annual number of unmarried women raising their child in a sole parent situation rise by 80% between 1963 and 1967 while the Read More

June 3, 2016

1950s New Zealand was enjoying an economic boom after the Great Depression and the Second World War. The welfare system was well in place and developing, jobs were plentiful, the nuclear family was still regarded as the ‘ideal’ social grouping, Read More

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