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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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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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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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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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Ever heard of Jackie Robinson?

Ever heard of Jackie Robinson?

By Alex Penk


In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball since the 1880s. One of the most…

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“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

“Talking bollocks” about Band Aid 30

By Jane Silloway Smith


Criticisms abound for Band Aid 30’s hit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The pop artists who took part could…

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The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

By Kieran Madden


For richer, for poorer: an important vow, but not as risky as it might sound. Richer is much more likely….

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The business of social investment

The business of social investment


We spend a lot on welfare. According to recent Treasury figures, of the $92.2 billion the Government spends, $50.5 billion…

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What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

What we learnt at the Maxim Institute poverty roundtable discussions

By Kieran Madden


On his way back to the Beehive, Prime Minister John Key took the opportunity to signal that child poverty is…

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Talk is cheap

Talk is cheap

By Kieran Madden


Talk is cheap. This is particularly true at election time, where there is certainly no shortage of talk. There is…

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Prudence and grit

Prudence and grit

By Kieran Madden


What separates righteous anger from rioting mobs? What triggers the turn from peaceful protest against injustice, to looting and violence,…

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