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Families Commission seeking members for reference groups

April 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The Families Commission is seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to represent their community’s views on social issues or issues relating to families and whānau on the Commission’s Reference Groups.

The Commission has three Reference Groups representing Whānau, Ethnic communities and Pacific Peoples respectively.

Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says, “The Reference Groups help ensure the Commission is well connected to these communities and that the Commission’s work is relevant and needed.”

The Commission is looking for people who can:
•  play a recognised leadership role within their community
•  advise on key issues affecting their community and families within it
•  provide high level advice on the current gaps in research and evidence   relevant to issues affecting their community
•  demonstrate a sound understanding of various social science research methodologies
•  understand government processes relating to policy development, research and evaluation.

Members are appointed for up to three years. The reference groups meet three times a year in Wellington in October, March and August. Members are paid a meeting fee, and travel costs are met by the Commission.

The Expressions of Interest and Terms of Reference are available on the Families Commission website. Expressions of Interest close on Thursday 17 April 2014 .

For more information contact: Michelle Evans,

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