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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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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Changing the Story – Poverty panel discussion

By Maxim Institute


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

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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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Is education the great equaliser?

By Kieran Madden


Last week, New Zealand got a glowing report card from the OECD for our economic performance and the policies set…

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The making of resilient families

The making of resilient families

By Keiran Madden


While most of the stories behind families in poverty are tinged with despair, many are gilded with hope. Because poverty…

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Inequality expert features Maxim Institute’s poverty definition

Inequality expert features Maxim Institute’s poverty definition


Max Rashbrooke, a prominent voice on inequality in New Zealand, blogs about Maxim Institute’s most recent poverty research paper. He…

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What makes you poor?

What makes you poor?

By Kieran Madden


What does poverty look like in New Zealand? Who is poor? How did they get there? What’s keeping them there?…

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Poverty work featured on Newstalk ZB, NZ Herald, and Kiwiblog

Poverty work featured on Newstalk ZB, NZ Herald, and Kiwiblog


Maxim Institute’s policy paper The Heart of Poverty – defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New…

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Food in schools: focus on real outcomes

Food in schools: focus on real outcomes


Some Kiwi kids are going to school hungry. Learning is hard when you’re hungry, and getting ahead in life is…

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Family at the heart of social policy

Family at the heart of social policy

By Kieran Madden


It takes a family to raise a child. While the short-hand term “child poverty” is much easier to express than…

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