Author(s): Marilyn Waring
Edited by Marilyn Waring and Christa Fouché, Managing Mayhem: Work–Life Balance in New Zealand explores the reality of what work–life balance means in Aotearoa–New Zealand. Waring and Fouché have brought together recent research that reveals the complexities and nuances that people grapple with in their lives as they seek to balance unpaid work with paid work and still find time to live in between. It exposes the hidden issues for, among others, women who are Mâori, of the Pacific, who are unpaid caregivers, older women parenting for the second time, or who are establishing businesses or living portfolio lives. Importantly it also examines the experiences of men, who until now have been underrepresented in the debate. Each of the contributors adds richly textured material to the emerging mosaic of knowledge about work–life balance in Aotearoa–New Zealand.