Story: Family welfare

The code of social and family responsibility

The code of social and family responsibility

Copies of a publication called 'Towards a code of social and family responsibility' were sent by the National government to every household in New Zealand in February and March 1998. The code included best practices for childcare, health, money management and employment, and focused on responsibilities within households. Questionnaires were included. These Social Welfare staff are opening piles of envelopes containing responses on the closing date for submissions. They are wearing rubber gloves because some of the envelopes contained what Social Welfare spokesperson Michael Player described as 'offensive matter'. Over 94,303 questionnaires were received and processed, but the government stated that it was not possible to draw any clear conclusions from these replies. The code was eventually abandoned.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1998/1336/22
Photograph by Craig Simcox

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Family welfare - Family policy, 1980–1999', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Maureen Baker and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Jun 2018