Excellence in family research - He puna e ora ai te whānau

The Families Commission is New Zealand's centre of excellence for knowledge about families and whānau. We are an autonomous Crown entity established under the Families Commission Act (2003). We report to the Minister for Social Development.

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Centre for Family and Whānau Knowledge

An authoritative source of research and evidence about New Zealand families and whānau.

Latest Knowledge Centre items

In this submission, the Families Commission provides evidence from three of its research studies which show that there needs to be more support for families living with addiction.
Supporting all parenting adults is important but it is particularly important when families are in difficult situations; for example, where there is persistent poverty, conflict or violence, where
Families need quality time together. But many struggle to balance work and family commitments. We support changes to improve work-life balance for New Zealand families.
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Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit

Independent monitoring, research and evaluation addressing issues and initiatives affecting families and society.

Latest Research Unit items

The Children’s Teams model is an integrated services response to address the complex issue of protecting and supporting vulnerable children.
This exploratory study sought to identify the major challenges of stepfamily life and the strategies that families use to address these challenges.
This report reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes, as a way of reducing the risk of maltreatment of vulnerable children aged 0-6 years.
Early identification of vulnerable children: Growing Up in New Zealand Report exploring vulnerability
The Families Commission/SuPERU is consulting on draft frameworks to measure and monitor family and whānau wellbeing to see how they are faring over...
The Families and Whānau Status Report is the second in a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing.


We want your feedback on our draft evaluation standards

White Ribbon New Zealand

The Families Commission contracts the White Ribbon Trust to co-ordinate White Ribbon, New Zealand's national public awareness campaign to help eliminate violence against women.

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

The Families Commission funds the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. It delivers quality evidence to inform cross-sector family violence prevention strategies.