Poverty

Poverty

About Poverty

How we treat those who are struggling is one of the key markers of a compassionate society. We’re committed to investigating the reality of poverty and deprivation in New Zealand, with the purpose of contributing well-researched policy recommendations that have the potential to transform and redeem the lives of our neighbours who need help.

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Valuing access to work

By Danielle van Dalen


Unemployment is costly. It costs the unemployed person and it costs society. For plenty of people with disabilities this cost…

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The Heart of Poverty – research series

By Kieran Madden


Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live well. Sadly,…

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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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Stairs

Removing the barriers

By Danielle van Dalen


I was 12 when my grandfather lost his eye and was declared officially blind. In the following months and years…

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The true cost of getting “Ready for Work”

By Julian Wood


Labour’s “Ready For Work” policy is a great idea. Unveiled at the party’s conference, the plan offers on the job…

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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

By Alex Penk


“I know that’s not PC, but you know, that’s me,” said Judith Collins last week as she commented on child…

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Between risk and reality

Between risk and reality

By Kieran Madden


We use statistics to inform policy development and public discourse—it is a tool to better society. But like most tools,…

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Working hard, still struggling

Working hard, still struggling

By Danielle van Dalen


In New Zealand’s poverty debate, work is often touted as the silver bullet solution, the one thing that will solve…

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Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Kieran Madden


Humans deeply yearn for security. Safety, in both its physical and economic forms, is solidly perched just above physical survival…

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“Hopeless” Kiwis

“Hopeless” Kiwis


 “A lot of the Kiwis that are meant to be available [for farm work] are pretty damned hopeless. They won’t…

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Connecting communities with help

Connecting communities with help

By Jeremy Vargo


Last week I had a fascinating conversation. I was talking with Lisa Woolley in her office at VisionWest: a large…

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Pathways to poverty report in the news

Pathways to poverty report in the news


Maxim Institute’s third report in the Heart of Poverty series received sustained attention on the day of release, with our…

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The Heart of Poverty Series #3: Uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there…

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The Heart of Poverty Series #2: Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Who is poor? How did they get there, and how has poverty damaged their lives? This set of recommendations on…

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Living Wage disputes

By Kieran Madden


Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the…

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Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

By Jane Silloway Smith


Since the UN announced their new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 broad goals with 169 specific sub-targets for the world to…

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An unrealistic opportunity for equality

By Kieran Madden


If we were looking for a value that everyone could get behind, surely equality of opportunity would be a hot…

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“Skyrocketing” rhetoric no good for struggling families

By Kieran Madden


Strong words were exchanged in Parliament and in the media following the release of MSD’s annual Household Incomes Report and…

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Making work pay in the UK

Making work pay in the UK

By Kieran Madden


The freshly-elected UK Conservative Government unveiled their first budget last week. Pointedly reminding those in the House of the sluggish…

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