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New zealandThe 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 its work are social policy research, family therapy services community development and education.

The Social Policy Research Unit undertakes independent social policy consultancies 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; and ageing research.

From 2009 to 2012, the Research Unit lead the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing project. The aims of this longitudinal study are to test hypotheses about the factors that contribute to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people in four key areas: Economic participation; Social and civic participation; Intergenerational transfers; and Resilience and Health.

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