Research and Policy

Compassionate solutions to stem the causes of poverty in Aotearoa
CAP amplifies the voices of  individuals and whānau caught in poverty and financial hardship. CAP is engaging organisations across Aotearoa to create positive change. Read our latest reports below or click to see submissions and responses to Government.

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Meet our friendly external engagement team. 

Dr Francis Okpaleke
External Engagement Manager

PhD (Waikato); MSc (Salford, UK); BSc (Nigeria).
Seven years' policy and research experience in Nigeria, UK & NZ.
"Seeing the debilitating impact of poverty in families and homes, I’m passionate to see it end. As a change enthusiast in Aotearoa, I’m driven to achieve better outcomes for the most vulnerable and those in severe hardship."

Meet our friendly external engagement team. 

Matilda Gaby
Social Policy Advisor

Bachelor of Science in International Development; Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Language; Master of Public Policy candidate
“God calls His people to be a light on the hilltop and to seek justice. I love bringing amplitude to the mahi CAP does on the front lines. It's a privilege to share peoples' lived experiences in poverty in order to bring about positive law and policy changes within Aotearoa."

Meet our friendly external engagement team. 

Michael Ward
External Engagement and Social Policy Adviser

Bachelor of Business (International Business major)
“Becoming debt free and growing in financial capability is life-transforming for CAP clients. Their powerful stories are helping us to shape laws that protect people in financial hardship."

Meet our friendly external engagement team. 

Alice Banfield
Senior Researcher

Master of International and Community Development
I’m inspired by Isaiah 58 where God asks, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?"