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The Family Centre, Anglican Social Services, PO Box 31-050, Lower Hutt, Aotearoa/New Zealand Tel: 64 4 569 7112 Fax: 64 4 569 7323

Staff at the Family Centre

Family Centre staff belong to a three tikanga organisational structure, made up of Māori, Pacific Island and Pākehā sections that reflect the cultural diversity of Aotearoa. Staff biographies and links are organised by tikanga; administrative staff are organised as a separate group.

Staff Directory: Three Tikanga
Warihi Campbell (Section leader) Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese (Section leader) Charles Waldegrave (Section leader)
Chris Cunningham Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons Mike Deacon
Ripeka August-Tampeau   Michaela (Misa) Urbanova
    Peter King

Māori Section Leader

Warihi (Wally) Campbell


Warihi Campbell is of Ngāti Porou descent.  He is Kaumātua and a former Coordinator of Whiriwhiri a Nuku, the Maori Section of the Family Centre. Warihi is a senior community development worker and family therapist and has extensive links and networks throughout the wider Maori community. Over many years Warihi has taught and spoken in international forums and advised in areas of community development, family therapy, and applied social policy. In 2003, Warihi was awarded the Queens Service Order (QSO) for services to the community.

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Pacific Section Leader

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese is Coordinator of the Pacific Section of the Family Centre.

She specialises in family research as this applies to the Pacific nations and to Pacific people - for example in relation to mental health, poverty, housing, unemployment, cultural and gender deprivation. 

In relation to social policy analysis, Kiwi is engaged in the development of new social policy perspectives emanating from various Pacific cultural rationalities. She is also concerned with the impact of government policy decisions on the Pacific Sector of New Zealand society. 

Further areas of her work include: documenting and analysing the effects of cultural dislocation upon the Pacific community in New Zealand; a focus upon Pacific youth; and patterns of migration to New Zealand from the Pacific.  Kiwi is regularly contracted to speak and advise in areas of applied social policy at national and international levels. She is often on secondment to Afeafe O Vaetoefaga from the Family Centre

Taimalieutu Kiwi's email

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Pākehā Section Leader

Charles Waldegrave


Charles Waldegrave is Coordinator of the Family Centre Pākehā (European) Section and leader of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit. 

He co-leads the ‘New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project’ (NZPMP) which has provided the evidence base for considerable public policy debate and social and economic changes in New Zealand. He also co-leads the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA) research programme. He is one of the founders of ‘Just Therapy’, an internationally recognised approach to addressing cultural, gender and socioeconomic contexts in therapy. He is regularly contracted to lead workshops in a range of areas of applied social policy internationally on every continent. He publishes regularly in all of the above areas.

Charles' CV is available here: CV

Charles' email

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Family Centre Staff

Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons (Pacific Section)

Loudeen Parsons

Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons is a field worker within the Pacific Section. She specialises in Education and Training, Research and Social Policy advice, Family Therapy and Pacific Regional Development work. She is frequently on secondment to the Family Centre from Afeafe O Vaetoefaga.

Tafaoimalo Loudeen's email

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Professor Chris Cunningham (Māori Section)

Chris Cunningham

Professor Chris Cunningham (Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Raukawa) is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit (FCSPRU). He is a leading Māori health and public health researcher in Aotearoa New Zealand. Professor Cunningham is Professor for Māori Health and Director of the Research Centre for Maori Health and Development (RCMHD) and co-director for He Kainga Oranga Housing & Health Research Programme. In 2014 the programme won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. He also leads Te Hoe Nuku Roa: Best outcomes for Māori, an innovative longitudinal study of 650 Maori households. The study, funded through the Public Good Science Fund, uses a Māori relevant framework, examines the context of Maori family relationships, provides an integrated and holistic approach to personal and family development, and (through the longitudinal component) charts changes to Māori families over time. He has published extensively in the areas of public health and Māori health and development.

Chris's email

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Mike Deacon (Pākehā section)

Mike Deacon

Mike Deacon is the Family Centre's Finance and Administration Manager. He joined the Family Centre staff in 1997 following twenty years of management experience with the Housing Corporation of New Zealand, and after five years of managing a retail franchise business. Mike has a qualification in Business Studies from Massey University (Palmerston North) majoring in property management.

Email for finance matters

Email for administration matters

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Michaela (Misa) Urbanova (Pākehā Section)

Misa Urbanova

Michaela (Misa) Urbanova is a psychologist with a Masters degree from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. She is an experienced researcher with four years work in the International Clinical Research Centre, St. Anne´s University Hospital in Brno before arriving in New Zealand. During that period, she has also been a research intern at Massachusetts General Hospital and at the University of South Florida, USA. Misa is working in qualitative and quantitative research projects at the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit.

Misa Urbanova

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Ripeka (Māori Section)

Ripeka August-Tampeau

Kai Whakaruruhau and Counsellor
Nga Taonga o te Wairua/Spiritual Gifts

Ripeka is of Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Maniapoto and Pākehā descent. She was born and raised in the rohe o Mataatua. She moved to Te Upoko o te Ika where she lives with her husband Jeff and daughter Amber. Ripeka supports the Family Centre as a counsellor and whakaruruhau practitioner to support families, couples and whanau to find the strengths within to better manage life’s challenges.

She is also the Chairperson for the Wellington/Wairarapa branch of the New Zealand Association of Counselors (NZAC) and is on the ACC Sensitive Claims Advisory Group (SCAG). She is a director of Toitoi Therapy Limited specializing in counselling in sexual abuse.

To make an appointment with Ripeka contact the Family Centre (04 569 7112)

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Peter King


Peter a Senior Research Associate with the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit and the Principal Researcher with Parallax Research (www.parallaxresearch.net.nz).

Peter's research has been in the fields of relationships between social and physical space, income distribution, social gerontology, and contract research in a wide range of areas. He is a named investigator with the MBIE funded Successful Whanau research project and a Principal Investigator with the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing. He carried out research for the New Zealand Living Wage Campaign in 2013 to identify an appropriate living wage level. He was lead author of the resulting first report and also of the first annual update completed early in 2014.

He is experienced in the analysis of qualitative, quantitative, and social network data using Stata and Ucinet applications for statistical and network data analysis. He has a particular interest in the multi-dimensional characteristics of monetary and material deprivation.

He can be contacted at:< peter(at)parallaxresearch(dot)net(dot)nz >

Peter's CV is available here: CV

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The Centre publishes on all areas of its work, contributing to research and policy journals, therapeutic journals, and popular media and publications throughout the world:
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The Family Centre
Anglican Social Services
71 Woburn Road
PO Box 31-050
Lower Hutt, 5010
Aotearoa/New Zealand
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Tel: 64 4 569 7112
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