Staff at the Family Centre

Family Centre staff belong to a three tikanga organisational structure, made up of Maori, Pacific Island and Pakeha sections that reflect the cultural diversity of Aotearoa. Staff biographies and links to each individual Curriculum Vitae (CV) are organised by tikanga; administrative staff are organised as a separate group.

Staff Directory: three tikanga
Maori Pakeha Pacific
Flora Tuhaka Charles Waldegrave Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese
Warihi (Wally) Campbell Peter King Loudeen Parsons
Tangihaere Walker    
Staff Directory: Admininistrative Staff
Mike Deacon
Luisa Tanuvasa

Maori Section

Flora Tuhaka

Flora Tuhaka

Warihi (Wally) Campbell

Waarihi (Willy) Campbell

Tangihaere Walker

Tangihaere Walker

Mr. Tangihaere Walker is of Ngati Porou descent and a graduate in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington.

Tangihaere is a researcher in the Social Policy Research Unit and is a member of Whiriwhiri a Nuku, the Maori Section of the Family Centre. Link to: CV Back to top

Pakeha Section

Charles Waldegrave

Charles Waldegrave

Charles Waldegrave is Coordinator of the Family Centre Pakeha Section and leader of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit. 

He is involved in many areas of social research including: social policy; poverty; housing; unemployment; health; education; cultural and gender equity; social and economic policy mix; and  OECD social/economic policy comparison.

Charles has considerable experience of analysis of the implications of national economic policy decisions for different sectors of New Zealand Society.  He also has an international reputation as a speaker on these issues and is frequently contracted to advise in areas of applied social policy. Link to: CV Back to top

Peter King

Peter King

Dr. Peter King is a Senior Researcher and sociologist in the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit.

He specialises upon areas of social and economic development with particular reference to resource distribution, housing, poverty and internal migration in New Zealand. 

Peter is also engaged upon research investigating the relationships between people’s health and their social and economic environments, and is developing the application of social network analysis to health and poverty research. 

He has extensive experience of working cross-culturally, having engaged in development work in Kiribati, where he also conducted doctoral research in the areas of social structure and land tenure.Link to: CV Back to top

Pacific Section

Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese

Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese

Ms. Kiwi Tamasese is Coordinator of the Pacific Island Section of the Family Centre.

She specialises in family research as this applies to the Pacific Islands and to Pacific Island 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 Island Sector of New Zealand society. 

Further areas of her work include: documenting and analysing the effects of cultural dislocation upon the Pacific Island community in New Zealand; a focus upon Pacific Island 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. Link to: CV Back to top

Loudeen Parsons

Loudeen Parsons

Administrative Staff

Mike Deacon

Mike Deacon

Luisa Tanuvasa

Luisa Tanuvasa