Story: Families: a history

Extended family household

Extended family household

Leotina Esekielu (second from right) and her husband (not pictured) share a house with their daughter Iutita (second from left) and Iutita's two children, Dawn and Gabriel. Iutita and another adult daughter are in paid work and they meet most of the household expenses. Gabriel is cared for by his grandfather while his mother is at work. Mutual financial support among extended family members and assistance with the care of children is common in Pacific Island families, whether or not they live together.

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Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, 'Families: a history - Baby bust families: mid-1970s to 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Ian Pool and Rosemary Du Plessis, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2017