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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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Not helping harms us

By Julian Wood


Last week the Hamilton Central Business Association enacted the “Your Help May Harm” campaign, aiming “to educate the public on the…

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The Heart of Poverty Series #3: Uncovering the pathways in to and out of disadvantage in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


Around 10 to 15 percent of New Zealand families are stuck in persistent poverty that will keep them trapped there…

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Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

Inspiring Sustainable Development Goals

By Jane Silloway Smith


Since the UN announced their new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 broad goals with 169 specific sub-targets for the world to…

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Recommendations | Defining and measuring what it means to be poor in New Zealand

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT   Defining Poverty: A definition of poverty cannot capture “everything in the world we don’t like,” as one…

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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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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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A summary of Maxim Institute’s poverty issues paper

A summary of Maxim Institute’s poverty issues paper


The Problem of Poverty—and why we need your feedback on this paper We still have a persistent poverty problem in…

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How hyperbole hurts the poor

How hyperbole hurts the poor

By Keiran Madden


The first step towards truly helping New Zealanders in poverty is to agree on the extent—or even the existence—of the…

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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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Lessons from the upwardly mobile

Lessons from the upwardly mobile

By Keiran Madden


New Zealand’s rich list was unfurled this week—unsurprisingly, with the rich getting richer. And the poor? Well, while it doesn’t…

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Poverty myth-busting

Poverty myth-busting


The way the Western world views poverty, the poor, and welfare is changing. New studies show that successive generations are…

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A heart and mind for the poor

A heart and mind for the poor

By Jane Silloway Smith


New Zealand is a wealthy country in a world with much need. Confronted by this, many are concerned about the…

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Review: The Beautiful Tree

Review: The Beautiful Tree

By Keiran Madden


The Beautiful Tree: A personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves By James Tooley (Washington: Cato…

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