About us

Poverty Action Waikato
Poverty Action Waikato (PAW) is a regionally focused research and advocacy project, located at Anglican Action in Te Ara Hou Village, Hamilton. This social change project aims to research the impacts of poverty, inequality and to raise public awareness of these impacts and ways of reducing poverty at local community, policy and structural levels of society.

Researchers Dr. Rose Black and Dr. Anna Casey-Cox have developed PAW into a locally and nationally recognised regional research and advocacy body.Utilising their extensive networks and communicating through reports, media and public events, PAW has added voice to the ways in which poverty is experienced and responded to in Hamilton city and many Waikato towns and rural communities. PAW has made a critical local and regional contribution to the wider public discourse calling for a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa.

Today, PAW functions as an open and inclusive working group, comprised of a diverse range of committed individuals who share PAW’s vision and mission. All are welcome.

Our Vision and Mission
Vision: Flourishing communities, valuing hauora, social justice, equity, and diversity.

Mission: We will be bold and courageous in pursuit of our vision. We will engage with Te Tiriti O Waitangi and follow tikanga. We will:

    • Challenge neoliberalism
    • Connect with individuals and communities
    • Research and inform through stories and statistics
    • Discuss and debate
    • Advocate with community to decision makers and each other
    • Encourage and support participatory democracy
    • Model inclusive language
    • We will support one another respecting our unity and diversity


Our Team
The PAW working group is open to anyone who would like to particiapte.

PAW meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, generally at Community Waikato, 33 Victoria St, Hamilton. Please check our facebook for meeting announcements.