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Superu (Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit)
Agency overview
Formed 2003 (as the Families Commission)[1]
Dissolved 2018 (by the Families Commission Act Repeal Act)
Headquarters Wellington
Agency executives
  • Len Cook, Last Families Commissioner
  • Dr Malcolm Menzies, Last Chief Executive

The Social Policy Research and Evaluation Unit, known as Superu, was an autonomous New Zealand Crown entity. It was established as the Families Commission under the Families Commission Act 2003 and the Crown Entities Act 2004 to advocate on behalf of families. In December 2014, it was restructured and renamed Superu under the Families Commission Amendment Act 2014 with a focus on researching and evaluating what worked for family wellbeing.[1][2]

In 2017, the Government announced it would disestablish Superu (Cabinet Minute SOC-17-MIN-0088), and Superu closed on 30 June 2018 under the Families Commission Act Repeal Act. The position of Families Commissioner was also disestablished.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Our role". Superu. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ Mussen, Deidre. "Families Commission shake up". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Families Commission Act Repeal Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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