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An Asian perspective and the New Zealand Treasury Living Standards Framework Sue Yong

By: Yong, Sue.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Living Standards Series: Discussion Paper.Publisher: Wellington, New Zealand : New Zealand Treasury, 2018Description: electronic document (29 pages) ; PDF file ; HTML version available.ISBN: 978-1-98-855664-2.Subject(s): New Zealand. Treasury | ASIAN PEOPLES | CULTURE | ECONOMIC ANALYSIS | GOVERNMENT POLICY | Living Standards Framework | MIGRANTS | SOCIAL POLICY | WELLBEING | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Living Standards Framework Living Standards Series: Discussion Paper, 18/10, September 2018Summary: The New Zealand Treasury has developed a Living Standards Framework (LSF) to assess the impact of government policies on intergenerational wellbeing. The Treasury is committed to incorporating New Zealand’s diverse cultural perspectives into the LSF framework (Frieling, 2018, p. 2). This report is a starting point for discussions on ways to include an Asian perspective in the LSF. The paper references work by academics, health practitioners, and experts in New Zealand and overseas since the LSF is based on the OECD approach. As one of the four largest demographic groups in New Zealand, projected to be the second largest by 2026, a New Zealand Asian perspective on the LSF is critical. The Asian culture strongly values collectivism, often with hierarchical relationships and distinct gender roles. Collectivist cultures strongly emphasize the needs and goals of the group as a whole over the needs and desires of individuals. In such cultures, relationships with other members of the group and the interconnectedness between people play a central role in each person’s identity and wellbeing. The Confucian teachings which emphasise diligence, perseverance, frugality, responsibility and recognition of the hierarchical orderings of relationship have also heavily influenced the Asian cultural values and perceptions of wellbeing. Hence, from the view of the LSF, the Asian culture place much emphasis on Social and financial/physical capital. The Asian population is currently experiencing a number of issues related to the determinants of wellbeing, including health (mental health, non-communicable diseases and access to health services) and immigration (employment difficulties). Experiences of perceived discrimination also heavily impact their wellbeing. The paper proposes that indicators are needed on 1) social cohesion, settlement and sense of belonging, 2) radical acceptance and cultural recognition, 3) employability, and 4) accessing government services such as English proficiency, health care and interpretation services. These are attempts to take into consideration the Asian cultures unique set of values and their distinct determinants of wellbeing. This is a starting point for further discussions of incorporating the wellbeing of Asian New Zealanders. Both qualitative and quantitative data were drawn from various sources to identify these indicators. (Executive summary). One in the series of discussion papers related to the Treasury approach to the Living Standards Framework - follow the link for more information. Record #5967
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Living Standards Series: Discussion Paper, 18/10, September 2018

The New Zealand Treasury has developed a Living Standards Framework (LSF) to assess the impact of government policies on intergenerational wellbeing. The Treasury is committed to incorporating New Zealand’s diverse cultural perspectives into the LSF
framework (Frieling, 2018, p. 2). This report is a starting point for discussions on ways
to include an Asian perspective in the LSF.

The paper references work by academics, health practitioners, and experts in New Zealand and overseas since the LSF is based on the OECD approach. As one of
the four largest demographic groups in New Zealand, projected to be the second
largest by 2026, a New Zealand Asian perspective on the LSF is critical. The Asian culture strongly values collectivism, often with hierarchical relationships and distinct gender roles. Collectivist cultures strongly emphasize the needs and goals of the group
as a whole over the needs and desires of individuals. In such cultures, relationships
with other members of the group and the interconnectedness between people play a central role in each person’s identity and wellbeing. The Confucian teachings which emphasise diligence, perseverance, frugality, responsibility and recognition of the
hierarchical orderings of relationship have also heavily influenced the Asian cultural
values and perceptions of wellbeing. Hence, from the view of the LSF, the Asian
culture place much emphasis on Social and financial/physical capital.

The Asian population is currently experiencing a number of issues related to the
determinants of wellbeing, including health (mental health, non-communicable
diseases and access to health services) and immigration (employment difficulties). Experiences of perceived discrimination also heavily impact their wellbeing.
The paper proposes that indicators are needed on 1) social cohesion, settlement and
sense of belonging, 2) radical acceptance and cultural recognition, 3) employability,
and 4) accessing government services such as English proficiency, health care and interpretation services. These are attempts to take into consideration the Asian cultures unique set of values and their distinct determinants of wellbeing.

This is a starting point for further discussions of incorporating the wellbeing of Asian
New Zealanders. Both qualitative and quantitative data were drawn from various sources to identify these indicators. (Executive summary).

One in the series of discussion papers related to the Treasury approach to the Living Standards Framework - follow the link for more information. Record #5967