Samoan People in New Zealand

  • In 2001, 85 percent of Samoan adults reported involvement in unpaid or voluntary activities in the four weeks preceding the census – either inside or outside the home. This work included household work, looking after a child or ill person, as well as working for a community group.
  • The New Zealand-born Samoan population was more likely to be involved in unpaid work (88 percent) than overseas-born Samoans (82 percent).
  • Samoan women were more likely to participate in all categories of unpaid work than Samoan men, except voluntary work for any organisation, where their involvement was equal to that of men (15 percent). (See figure 7.1.)
  • In 2001, 85 percent of Samoan women and 79 percent of Samoan men reported participation in household work (including cooking, repairs and gardening) as figure 7.1 shows.
  • Looking after a child in the home was the next most common category (49 percent of Samoan women and 39 percent of Samoan men) – with the relatively youthful Samoan population being a contributing factor.