The Heart of Poverty Series #1: Matching passion with precision for struggling New Zealanders
We still have a persistent poverty problem in New Zealand today, and not for a lack of debate, dollars, or desire to turn it around. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about poverty? Standing defiantly in the way of a clearer understanding of the nature, extent and causes of poverty—and life-changing solutions designed to combat it—is an underwhelming public discussion. Debates are riddled with caricatures and distortions that often confuse more than they illuminate—we tend to talk past each other rather than helping each other.
READ THE BLOG SERIES – ISSUES PAPER
- Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty
- Digging Deeper | Understanding Poverty
- The Looking Glass | Defining Poverty
- Drawing the Line | Measuring Poverty
“The Heart of Poverty is an attempt to bridge the ideological divide that so often stops us from working decisively in unison to help those in need. We want to spark a practical discussion about how we can better understand, define and measure who is affected by poverty in New Zealand.”
Listen to Andrew Dickens’ Newstalk ZB show where he discusses The Heart of Poverty; beginning a conversation about defining poverty in New Zealand.