Data helps Asian Family Services support communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand Hei āwhina te raraunga i a Asian Family Services ki te tautoko i ngā hapori puta noa i Aotearoa

Using 2018 Census data, Asian Family Services has been able to expand its services to serve more Asian communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Asian Family Services has been providing support to the Asian community living in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1998.

“We are passionately focused on ensuring Asian communities are provided with the help they need. Our minimising gambling harm services are funded by the government and we run a nationwide Asian Helpline, provide clinical interventions and public health services,” says Ivan Yeo, Asian Family Services’ Deputy Director and Public Health Lead.

“Through our Asian Wellbeing Services, we deliver a range of mental health services both in person and via Telehealth, which have made a huge difference to our communities’ quality of living.”

In many regions, the Asian population is growing faster than other population groups.

“Identifying and understanding changes in Asian communities is crucial to the work we do,” says Ivan.

“Increasing numbers of Asian people are living in Wellington and across the South Island. Using the 2018 Census population data, we were able to support the business case for expanding our services outside of Auckland.

“We now have offices in Christchurch and Wellington providing minimisation for gambling harm through clinical interventions and public health services on the ground. Wellington and South Island communities are directly benefitting from our use of census data through the expansion of our services to those regions.

“It is important we make our services available where they are needed, and census data is helping us tailor and target our services to better support Asian people in New Zealand, and advocate to local authorities and central government on issues and policies impacting Asian people and communities.”

Ivan Yeo, Deputy Director and Public Health Lead, Asian Family Services

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