Welcome to Kaitiaki

Kaitiaki is a social research and evaluation company that provides clients with an in-depth understanding of complex social issues to inform strategic decisions, policy and programme development.

We specialise in research and evaluation with a focus on sensitive issues and marginalised peoples. We are based in Wellington (New Zealand) and work across New Zealand and the Pacific.


What we do

In-depth qualitative Interviews

Online, offline and Paper- based surveys


ethnography, survey design, participatory research.

Formative, programme & outcome evaluation

Submissions analysis

Peer supervision

Careers New Zealand

Communications and user testing

Recent Studies

Co-existence of animal cruelty and family violence (2012).

This Lotteries funded study examined the link between animal cruelty and family violence. This was a collaborative study between the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges. The study drew on a combination of in-depth interviews and a survey of 203 Women’s Refuge clients and surveys of animal shelter managers.
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NZ Fire Service (2014).

The New Zealand Fire Service asked Kaitiaki to conduct community engagement research to better understand how New Zealand communities value their local fire stations.  The overall aim of the project was to better understand community concerns so that the New Zealand Fire Service could communicate successfully with the community in regards to station location changes or closures. The study employed a participatory qualitative approach and comprised of a combination of semi-structured focus group and in-depth qualitative interviews with key stakeholders in three communities in New Zealand.  The study also included a thematic and content analysis of New Zealand newspaper articles about fire station relocations and closures published over a 15-year period.  The findings of the research have informed the New Zealand Fire Service’s development of a communication strategy to better manage future station closures and relocations.

Māori Youth Educational Outcomes Monitoring Project.

Te Puni Kōkiri commissioned this case study evaluation. The study drew on case study methodology to evaluate nine high school’s educational transition programmes with a particular aim of assessing the extent to which selected (Gateway, Youth Transition Services and Taioho Tu, Taiohi Ora) programmes support Māori youth to transition from secondary to tertiary education.
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Meet Our Team

We are passionate about our work and are committed to working alongside our clients to produce research and evaluation of the highest standard.
We have extensive skills and experience with both qualitative and quantitative research and are highly adept at working on both small and large scale projects to create meaningful change.

Dr Michael Roguski Director
Natalie Gregory Research Consultant
Fleur Chavel Research Consultant

Who we work with