Family Literacy in New Zealand

Weaving Together Families, Schools, and Community

Authored by: John Benseman , Alison Sutton

Handbook of Family Literacy

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884570
eBook ISBN: 9780203841495
Adobe ISBN: 9781136899126

10.4324/9780203841495.ch23

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Abstract

New Zealand, or Aotearoa to use its original Māori name, is a small country in the South Pacific with a population of 4.2 million (similar to that of the state of Kentucky) and with a land mass similar to that of Colorado. It is primarily an urbanized society with approximately one third of the population residing in Auckland City. The country prides itself as an innovator in social development, being the first country to grant women the vote and the first to develop a comprehensive social welfare system in the 1930s.

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