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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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Recommendations | Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT   Defining Poverty: A definition of poverty cannot capture “everything in the world we don’t like,” as one…

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Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION Who is poor? How did they get there, and how has poverty damaged their lives? The first paper in…

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Drawing the Line | Measuring Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Just as there is no one accepted definition of poverty, there is also no one measure of poverty. Measures of…

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The Looking Glass | Defining Poverty

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITIONS Defining poverty is about distinguishing between those who are poor and those who aren’t, and is an exercise in…

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Digging Deeper | Understanding Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Most of us are swimming in ideological waters without even knowing it, and this immersion shapes to some extent how…

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Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION How we understand, define, and measure poverty matters. Poverty, especially in developed countries like New Zealand, is complex and…

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Creating better opportunities for work

By Danielle van Dalen


New Zealand is in the middle of a national conversation on poverty, and yet, despite being over-represented in the poverty…

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Policy Paper: Creating Opportunity

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities are overlooked in the national conversation on poverty and overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty statistics. They face…

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Discussion Paper: Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


 People who are living with a disability are vastly overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty figures, and 74 percent of those…

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Poverty in New Zealand – The Heart of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


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

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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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The Heart of Poverty Series #1: Matching passion with precision for struggling New Zealanders

By Kieran Madden


We still have a persistent poverty problem in New Zealand today, and not for a lack of debate, dollars, or…

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Looking Back to Look Forward: How welfare in New Zealand has evolved

By Jane Silloway Smith


This working paper was presented at the Reviewing Welfare and Social Sector Policy and Reform Conference in June 2010. The…

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Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

Invalids and Sickness Benefits: The United Kingdom’s recent reforms

By Maxim Institute


A Welfare Working Group was established to look into the welfare system in New Zealand. Welfare reform has been conducted in…

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A heart and mind for the poor

A heart and mind for the poor

By Jane Silloway Smith


New Zealand is a wealthy country in a world with much need. Confronted by this, many are concerned about the…

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