FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the project and why is MPP doing this research?
This survey is part of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Pacific Economy Research Project.

The purpose of the project is to better understand the Pacific informal economy, with a particular focus on exploring the type of unpaid productive work and volunteering that contribute to Pacific wellbeing and wealth development in New Zealand. Discussion of the informal economy includes activities done outside of paid employment but does not include black market or illegal conduct activities.

The research will provide insights and improved understanding of Pacific world views on volunteering and unpaid productive work. This research is integral to informing the Ministry for Pacific Peoples' strategic actions that sits under one of the key goals of the Pacific Aotearoa Lalanga Fou programme, Prosperous Pacific Communities, which is Pacific volunteer contribution to Aotearoa is recognised and celebrated.

Where do people need to go to do the survey?
Click here to complete the survey

Why are you doing an online survey?
An online survey is a great way to hear the voices of many community members in a short amount of time. The online survey is being done alongside more in-depth focus groups and individual talanoa with community members around New Zealand.

Who is it aimed at?
Pacific Peoples who currently live in New Zealand and are at least 15 years old.

How will my contribution help?
Your contribution strengthens the voice to the Pacific community and helps the New Zealand government better understand the role Pacific people play in the informal economy of New Zealand. The more Pacific People take part in the survey, the more representative the survey will be for the Pacific communities in New Zealand.

I don’t have a computer, can I still do the survey?
Yes! Even if you do not have a computer or smart phone you can still take part in the survey. This project has several Pacific community researchers who will be able to assist you in person, over the phone, or over Zoom to complete the survey.

I don’t know how to use a computer, how can I do the survey?
Even if you do not know how to use a computer, you can still take part in the survey. This project has several Pacific community researchers who will be able to assist you in person, over the phone, or over Zoom to complete the survey.

I would like to take the survey in a Pacific language, can I still do the survey?
Yes. Please get in touch with us if you would prefer to take the survey in your Pacific language. We have Pacific community researchers from nine different Pacific communities who would be able to help you take the survey in your language, either in person, over the phone, or over Zoom.

What happens with the results of the survey?
This research project will inform a report to be published later in the year that will contribute towards improving the understanding and knowledge of Pacific volunteering, wealth, and wellbeing and the characteristics of their contribution to the New Zealand economy both pre- and post-COVID19.  This report will also fill in missing Pacific economic data, provide narratives on Pacific unpaid productive work and volunteering which will be used to inform government policies, and identify specific areas for further Pacific economic research.

Is there a deadline?
Yes. The online survey opens February 1 and closes February 28, 2021.

Who is available to help me with any questions?
To get in touch with the project team for support in taking the survey or general questions about the project, please contact us at: [email protected]