July 17, 2018
Long term research to tackle poverty
The J R McKenzie Trust's Peter McKenzie Project is co-funding a social innovation hub within Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu.
The $1.4 million over five years is the trust's largest ever investment.
Runanga chief executive Arihia Bennett says both organisations have a shared vision to reduce child poverty rates and social inequity.
The Tokona Te Raki hub, headed by Dr Eruera Tarena, will look for pathways that will create equity in education, employment and income.
Ms Bennett says changing the system means moving beyond business as usual and working together to develop new and bold solutions, using the strengths already within communities.
Project director Iain Hines says complex problems need thoughtful, joined-up solutions and sustained support to effect real change.
Most funding doesn't have those long-term horizons, so the Peter McKenzie Project has $15 million to spend over the next 20 years on reducing child and family poverty.
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