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The early years consensus

By Kieran Madden


The first three years are critical for a child’s development and long-term success in life, but policy has unfortunately been…

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Submission: Child Poverty Reduction Bill

By Kieran Madden


Maxim Institute supports this Bill and proposes amendments to strengthen it. We welcome this Bill and its potential to increase…

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Promises and plans to change poverty in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


A few weeks ago, my colleague wrote about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s “courageous move” to introduce the Child Poverty Reduction…

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Supporting the village raising our children

By Danielle van Dalen


An African proverb claims that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Labour’s School Leavers’ Toolkit Policy seems an…

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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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Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

Posturing doesn’t help those facing poverty

By Alex Penk


“I know that’s not PC, but you know, that’s me,” said Judith Collins last week as she commented on child…

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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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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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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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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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Minimum wage, minimal help

Minimum wage, minimal help

By Kieran Madden


With four in ten poor kids living in families where mum or dad is in work, raising the minimum wage…

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Poverty Paper

The Heart of Poverty Series #1: Matching passion with precision for struggling New Zealanders

By Kieran Madden


We still have a persistent poverty problem in New Zealand today, and not for a lack of debate, dollars, or…

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A mania for the state

A mania for the state

By Kieran Madden


The number of children in poverty rose by 20,000 last week. Or so it seemed, after it was revealed that…

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Invisible child

Invisible child


Every once in a while, a piece of journalism hits you right in the gut. Enter the New York Times’…

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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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Blunt tools

Blunt tools


Social Justice Minister Paula Bennett announced a raft of proposed legislation this week aimed at protecting children from abuse. The…

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Work matters

Work matters


A Herald-DigiPoll released last week found that, in a survey of 750 voters, 51 percent thought that the in-work tax…

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Caring about children

Caring about children


Jonathan Boston, co-Chairman of the Children’s Commissioner’s advisory group on solutions to child poverty, has made comments that men need…

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Broken Boughs: The role of effective family interventions

Broken Boughs: The role of effective family interventions

By Alex Penk


Too many New Zealand children are mired in dysfunction. But though the problems are bleak, we needn’t throw in the…

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