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Max Rashbrooke Podcast


New Zealand expert in poverty and inequality Max Rashbrooke sits down with our CEO Alex Penk and Research Manager, Kieran…

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

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION Who is poor? How did they get there, and how has poverty damaged their lives? The first paper in…

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Drawing the Line | Measuring Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Just as there is no one accepted definition of poverty, there is also no one measure of poverty. Measures of…

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The Looking Glass | Defining Poverty

By Kieran Madden


DEFINITIONS Defining poverty is about distinguishing between those who are poor and those who aren’t, and is an exercise in…

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Digging Deeper | Understanding Poverty

By Kieran Madden


Most of us are swimming in ideological waters without even knowing it, and this immersion shapes to some extent how…

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Setting the Scene | The Problem of Poverty

By Kieran Madden


INTRODUCTION How we understand, define, and measure poverty matters. Poverty, especially in developed countries like New Zealand, is complex and…

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Creating poverty-busting opportunites that work for people with disabilities

By Alex Penk


by Alex Penk and Danielle van Dalen This week there’s been a lot of coverage about employment opportunities for people…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Creating work opportunities for people with disabilities to get out of poverty

MEDIA RELEASE: Creating work opportunities for people with disabilities to get out of poverty


Thursday, 23 May In New Zealand people with disabilities earn just half of the average income of people without disabilities….

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Policy Paper: Creating Opportunity

By Danielle van Dalen


People with disabilities are overlooked in the national conversation on poverty and overrepresented in New Zealand’s poverty statistics. They face…

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Two-and-a-half cheers for child poverty bill

By Alex Penk


I was born at the tail-end of Gen X, so I grew up with a pop culture saturated by “fear…

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The collision of research and real life

By Alex Penk


I’ve never been to Maraenui, but I’ve now had a pretty eye-opening introduction to the Napier suburb. The devastation caused…

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Sabotaging the lifts in New Zealand’s tower of wealth

By Julian Wood


If you haven’t seen the 2018 Side Eye Inequality Tower by Toby Morris and Max Rashbrooke, it’s well worth a…

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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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The too hard basket: Breaking the link between disability and poverty

By Danielle van Dalen


Less than half of New Zealanders with disabilities are in paid employment. New research from the Maxim Institute suggests employers…

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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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Read our column on <em>The Spinoff</em> and <em>RNZ</em>

Read our column on The Spinoff and RNZ

By Alex Penk


This week, Alex Penk and Julian Wood’s column Triumph or disaster? A guide to the minimum wage increase featured on The…

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Investing in people, regardless of return

By Julian Wood


Like the proverbial frog in the slowly heating pot, many of us are blissfully unaware of the change currently going…

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