Real Issues Blog - Young people

Poverty and "kids these days"

Kieran Madden
19 June 14

When it comes to humans, one-size-fits-all descriptions rarely cut it. While there is often a kernel of truth in generalisations like “Gen-Y,” the ethos of an entire generation cannot be captured in a few words. Thankfully, good research can be pretty darn effective at breaking down wearying stereotypes and painting more vivid, nuanced pictures of how complex we all are. + more

Game Changers - why principals matter

Luke Fenwick
17 June 14

Education is important. You may think of learning as a passport to opportunity. You may see it as a source of pleasure and joy. But regardless, most of us value education. In light of this, we recently brought two secondary principals and an education expert together to speak about the importance of education and school leadership. Professor Vivanne Robinson joined Iva Ropati from Howick College and Tim O’Connor from Auckland Grammar.+ more

Leaders, mentors, and you

Danielle van Dalen
01 May 14

Over Easter, the New Zealand Herald published a list of “The 50 Coolest Kiwis Ever,” supposedly a list of New Zealanders that we look up to for a range of different reasons and achievements. The Herald’s version of our “coolest” include the likes of Lorde, James K. Baxter, Jean Batten, Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Morgan.+ more

This is why politicians don't really need to care about the opinions of young people

Danielle van Dalen
27 March 14

In the 2008 election, a significant number of eligible young people didn’t vote. In fact, almost four out of every ten 18-24 year olds (39.9%) failed to turn up to a voting booth. In the last election, that number rose to 41.8%. That’s worryingly close to half of my peer group silencing their own democratic voice. + more

Financial Literacy

Narelle Suisted
22 November 12

Massey University and Westpac have released the base findings in the 20 year longitudinal study they are jointly carrying out into the financial literacy of New Zealanders. They interviewed 18-22 year olds on their financial education, and found “ a relatively low level of financial understanding compared to other studies in other countries.”+ more

Time to wake up to gang problems in the UK

Narelle Suisted
05 November 12

A year on from the riots that rocked the UK, a report has come out showing little progress has been made on halting gang violence.+ more

A gift worth giving

Kieran Madden
24 July 12

Multi-millionare businessman Owen Glenn recently announced an eighty million dollar investment into New Zealand’s communities in an effort to tackle domestic violence and child abuse. + more

older posts

When research becomes news

by Jeremy Vargo  |  27 May 14

When research becomes news

Pockets of deprivation

by Kieran Madden  |  20 May 14

Pockets of deprivation

The story beyond Budget Day

by Jeremy Vargo  |  19 May 14

The story beyond Budget Day

Divide and measure

by Luke Fenwick  |  13 May 14

Divide and measure

What you need to know about the Nigerian kidnapping

by Jeremy Vargo  |  08 May 14

What you need to know about the Nigerian kidnapping

Economic courage or political suicide

by Kieran Madden  |  02 May 14

Economic courage or political suicide