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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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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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Seeing the person, not the problem

Seeing the person, not the problem

By Danielle van Dalen


Politics and policies can change lives. However, policy is just an idea until people do something to enact it. For…

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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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The President, and the complicated truth

By Kieran Madden


The United States is known for its hyper-partisan, rhetoric-laden public debate.  From the Huffington Post to Fox News, the left-right…

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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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Doing good and making money

Doing good and making money

By Jeremy Vargo


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting a fascinating New Zealander by the name of Travis O’Keefe. I…

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The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

The awkward reality about marriage and inequality

By Kieran Madden


For richer, for poorer: an important vow, but not as risky as it might sound. Richer is much more likely….

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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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A tale of two poverty discussions

A tale of two poverty discussions

By Kieran Madden


Over the past few weeks much discussion has been occurring in both the US and here in New Zealand about…

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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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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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Solutions to child poverty

Solutions to child poverty

By Jane Silloway Smith


The Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Solutions to Child Poverty has this week released an issues and options…

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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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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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Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

Guest Book Review: The Spirit Level

By Guest Author


The Spirit Level, published in 2009, argues that what matters for human well-being is not ongoing increases in average income,…

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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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Section 59: The select committee’s report

Section 59: The select committee’s report


Originally published in Issues Snapshot 31 November, 2006. Introduction Criminalising parents who use mild physical discipline is still on the…

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