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Between risk and reality

Between risk and reality

By Kieran Madden


We use statistics to inform policy development and public discourse—it is a tool to better society. But like most tools,…

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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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Cherry-picking statistics for political point-scoring

Cherry-picking statistics for political point-scoring

By Keiran Madden


The much-awaited annual Household Incomes Report (HIR) from the Ministry of Social Development landed last week and has sparked significant…

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Growing Aotearoa

Growing Aotearoa

By Kieran Madden


Is New Zealand growing better, or worse?  Well, it depends on what you look at, of course. Stats New Zealand…

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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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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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Welfare stats paint an interesting picture

Welfare stats paint an interesting picture

By Keiran Madden


The Ministry of Social Development has just released its annual Statistical Report from 2011.  One particular table that caught my…

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Māori and Pacifika welfare statistics

Māori and Pacifika welfare statistics


Māori and Pasifika are often lumped together in statistics and reports; however an interesting blog post by Lindsay Mitchell questions…

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