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DISCUSSION PAPER: The Heart of Poverty - uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand 11-04-16

Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there for years. Maxim Institute’s third report in its Heart of Poverty series focuses on the pathways leading those families into poverty, and what has been proven to help them walk out. 

Read the paper here: 
The Heart of Poverty Discussion Paper
Read the Two Page Explainer

Author of the report, Kieran Madden says that “while quite a number of the families we see in poverty statistics in a given year will escape with the help of the system we already have, for the those in persistent poverty, the system simply isn’t working."

"Because persistent poverty leaves the deepest scars, we need to focus our efforts on these families,” says Madden. 

The report shows the main pathways to persistent poverty for most families to be the loss of work, or work with irregular or insufficient hours, and identifies that low educational attainment by children in low-income families now, is the clearest pathway to poverty for future generations. 

The Heart of Poverty: uncovering pathways into and out of disadvantage in New Zealand concludes with our recommendations for policy areas that need further investigation in order to help families out of long term poverty, areas on which we will now focus in our ongoing research. 

The Heart of Poverty Series: 
Issues Paper - Matching passion with precision for struggling New Zealanders
Policy Paper - Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand
Discussion Paper - Uncovering the pathways in and out of disadvantage in New Zealand