Exploring Pacific economies: wealth practices and debt management

Auckland Council
Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
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This report draws together available literature and research on wealth practices and debt management in the Pacific community. As a working report, it is intended to contribute to ongoing discussion in this area and, more importantly, seeks to generate discussion on issues where further understanding may be required. This is not intended to be a comprehensive review but rather points towards relevant areas where further engagement and research may prove beneficial.

The report includes several broad sections. The first section describes the demographic profile of the Pacific community both in New Zealand, and more specifically, in Auckland. In particular, diversity within this community is highlighted. Empirical research is then used to identify the role and value of Pacific wealth practices as well as debt accumulation and management. This is followed by a section that considers the ‘diverse economies’ approach as an alternative way of thinking about Pacific wealth. The final section summarises the report, identifies specific gaps in the literature and research, and makes suggestions for future research.

Auckland Council working report, WR2015/002

July 2015