Poverty in New Zealand – The Heart of Poverty research series
Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live well. Sadly, there many people living in poverty in New Zealand, their stories marred by disadvantage, and lack of hope and opportunity.
Maxim Institute is committed to seeing New Zealand be a place where every person has what they need to belong in their community, has the tools and opportunities they need to provide for their family, and each one of us understands our role in making this a reality.
We’re engaged in long-term research to figure out what needs to change in order to see this come to pass.
In 2014, we published the first report in researcher Kieran Madden’s Heart of Poverty series, an Issues Paper that sought to outline the terms and ideas in this subject area, and asked for recommendations and feedback from experts and practitioners from NGOs, service providers, academics, and the state sector. Read the two-page explainer of the Issues Paper.
2015 saw the release of our second report, one which drew together the feedback we received from sources around the country and set out how we think poverty should be defined and measured. In this Policy Paper, Kieran Madden calls for the government to publish a new suite of poverty measures annually, and to set a clear measure of poverty that relies on defining a “basket of goods” that all people require in order to participate in society. Read the two-page explainer of the Policy Paper.
The final report in the series uncovers the pathways into and out of disadvantage in New Zealand, developing clear goals regarding what is best to help people out of poverty now, and how to prevent people entering it in the future. Read the two-page explainer of the Discussion Paper.