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Mana in Mahi isn’t your average work-for-the-dole scheme

By Kieran Madden


Translated to “strength in work,” Labour’s Mana in Māhī scheme shows real potential to make a difference in the lives…

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Acknowledging Ability

By Danielle van Dalen


When we talk about poverty, we rarely consider people with disabilities as a group who are particularly at risk. But…

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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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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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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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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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Of corpses and communities

Of corpses and communities

By Jeremy Vargo


A couple of weeks ago, some friends in Auckland held a fundraiser. They put on an afternoon outdoor party, with…

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When the government is your breadwinner

When the government is your breadwinner


Most families make decisions every day about how their household will run. Some decide to have a parent stay home…

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The hope of welfare reforms

The hope of welfare reforms


Several years ago, when my cousins were little, the day care centre where my aunt worked cut its staff size…

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Welfare stats paint an interesting picture

Welfare stats paint an interesting picture

By Keiran Madden


The Ministry of Social Development has just released its annual Statistical Report from 2011.  One particular table that caught my…

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UK may cut housing benefit

UK may cut housing benefit


UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal of stopping payments to those young enough to live with their parents has caused…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | <em>Renewing Compassion</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | Renewing Compassion


A vision for welfare that frees rather than traps the poor After decades of modern welfare programmes failing to solve…

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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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