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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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$18.40 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

Presentations to the Living Wage Symposium
14-15 February 2013, AUT, Auckland
Charles Waldegrave
Developing an evidence-based 'NZ Living Wage'
Dr Peter King
Developing the level of a Living Wage for NZ

Media releases of interest:
- Living Wage announcement 14 February
- TV3 news item on 14 February

For more information visit the Living Wage website


The Family Centre has entered a research collaboration with the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NIWA), Victoria University School of Architecture and architects Atelier Workshop, to complete a project on Managing Risk for Adapted and Considerate Architecture in Samoa
NIWA VUW atelier

At the first sympoisum for the collaboration, the Family Centre made a presentation on the ethical considerations of research and the guardianship of knowledge.

Indigenous Cultural Knowledge and Guardianship Resposibilites available 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:
Latest Publications


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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