Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children, Awhi Rito aims to deepen knowledge of families and children through fundamental and applied research. Its mission is to inform policy and build cross-sector research capacity for the benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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The Centre focuses on two key research areas—family context and child inequality, and resilience in Māori whānau and Pacific families.

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  • Kate Prickett stands by the shore with Wellington in the background.

    Family Matters

    We may not be able to choose our families, but Dr Kate Prickett has chosen to study everything about them.

  • Survey reveals a third of NZ gun owners distrust gun lobby

    The terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Muslim community on 15 March this year resulted in a political response that was decidedly different from what usually follows mass shootings in the United States, writes Dr Kate Prickett, Director of the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children, and Dr Simon Chapple, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.