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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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Ka pai, Oranga Tamariki

By Kieran Madden


Contrary to the sticks and stones rhyme from our childhood, we all know that names can hurt. Names are not…

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Social insecurity

Social insecurity

By Kieran Madden


Humans deeply yearn for security. Safety, in both its physical and economic forms, is solidly perched just above physical survival…

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Living Wage disputes

By Kieran Madden


Last week, the Government announced that the minimum wage will soon rise by 50 cents to $15.25/hour, higher than the…

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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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Research Note: Anchoring the Abstract – what good school leadership looks like

By Luke Fenwick


What is the “magic” of great school leaders, and how do we replicate it? What does it look like when…

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Leaders, mentors, and you

Leaders, mentors, and you

By Danielle van Dalen


I vividly remember my first year at high school: being one of the new kids, totally captured by the world…

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iDream of role models

iDream of role models


Lives can change lives. Some have more impact than others. Some change others for the better, some for worse. At…

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Treasuring failure

Treasuring failure

By Keiran Madden


Moving house, an unpleasant task at the best of times, can have its up sides. Uncovering long-lost treasures is one…

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“Sticking Up For Siblings”

“Sticking Up For Siblings”


Should we have another? In a time of ever-rising childcare and housing costs, one major factor considered by parents when…

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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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Saving babies

Saving babies


Counties Manakau DHB (CMDHB) has released a set of recommendations made by an expert panel they set up last year…

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Family breakdown cannot be ignored

Family breakdown cannot be ignored


In my experience, talking about families has become a bit like talking about politics and religion—it’s a subject to steer…

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Family-centric approach to child well-being

Family-centric approach to child well-being


This week the long-awaited Every Child Counts report was released. It is the result of a study into the role…

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New Zealand Families Today

New Zealand Families Today


A report out last week from the Families Commission offers a statistical demographic snapshot of New Zealand families today. Most…

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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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