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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

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From Social Renting to Housing Independence:
The Social and Economic Impacts of Housing Tenure
A report for the New Zealand Housing Foundation.

By Charles Waldegrave and Michaela Urbanova
Click here to download a pdf copy of the report

An annotated bibliography of publications reviewed for this report
is available here

This report by the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit is one of three substantive new research reports on the benefits of transitioning people into affordable home ownership. The other two reports were written by Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL), and Nexus Research. Copies of all reports are available from the New Zealand Housing Foundation

Measuring Elder Abuse in New Zealand: Findings from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA)
A Technical report for the Office for Senior Citizens within the Ministry of Social Development.

By Charles Waldegrave
Click here to download a pdf copy of the report

A summary of the report is available from the Office for Senior Citizens on the MSD website

Old and Poor or Old and Cared for?

Some policy reflections on data from the first two waves of NZLSA

A publication by Charles Waldegrave of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

for the Policy Quarterly, Special Issue:

Ageing Population

Click here to view the Policy Quarterly Publication.



$19.25 an hour is the 'living wage' needed to provide an income level which will allow people to live modestly while still contributing to society. It is based on a family unit of two working adults (one full-time and one part-time) with two dependant children.

Full Report by Peter King and Charles Waldegrave on an Investigation into Defining a Living Wage for New Zealand
available here

The 2015/16 Living Wage is $19.25 and comes in to effect on 1 July 2015. This is a 45 cent increase based on a 2.5% movement in wages (average ordinary time hourly rate as measured by the Quarterly Employment survey)

The 2015 update on the Living Wage is available here.

Charles Waldegrave and Peter King also presented at the Living Wage Symposium
14-15 February 2013, AUT, Auckland
Their presentations are available below
Charles Waldegrave
Developing an evidence-based 'NZ Living Wage'
Dr Peter King
Developing the level of a Living Wage for NZ

For more information visit the Living Wage website


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Family Centre research on trauma, livelihoods, and resilience in post-tsunami Samoa

The Family Centre recently completed research on the impact of the 2009 tsunami in Samoa. Research in affected areas in Samoa was undertaken in 2011 and 2014.

Read the full report Trauma, livelihoods and resilience in post-tsunami Samoa: A review for the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Read more about the disaster relief work done by the Family Centre here .



Afeafe O Vaetoefaga and The Family Centre
Win World Bank Global Funding Prize
Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons is pictured front and centre,
holding up the award, with Charles Waldegrave to her right.
Other winners celebrate around them.


A project by Afeafe O Vaetoefaga with their partners the Family Centre, has won a global development funding prize from the World Bank in Washington, DC.

The project is 'Indigenous Housing as a Solution to Climate Risks'.

Read more here

The Family Centre is a leading community agency based in New Zealand. It is made up of a three tikanga (cultural) organisational structure of Māori, Pacific Island and Pākehā (European) sections. The key areas of our work are social policy research, family therapy services, community development, education and teaching based upon all three areas.

Social Policy Research Unit

We undertake independent social policy consultancy and research in all areas of social policy at local, national and international levels. Expertise includes equity analysis; poverty research communication; social and economic policy interface; ageing research, cultural audit, social impact; social scoping and evaluation

Family Therapy

We have developed an internationally recognised therapeutic approach called ‘Just Therapy’ that addresses the cultural, gender and socio-economic contexts of therapy.

Community Development

We specialise in the issues that affect the well-being and social environment of local communities. Particular emphasis is given to the processes of community participation, access to resources, cultural equity and healthy communities.

Education and Training

We run workshops locally, nationally and internationally on all areas of our work in ‘Just Therapy’ and applied social policy. In addition, a broad range of educational and teaching programmes are carried out with social organisations, community groups, government departments, business organisations and specially contracted public gatherings.


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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Staff biographies and staff directory:

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
Fax: 64 4 569 7323
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