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Youth and the whānaungatanga of work

By Rowan Light


How we do help young people who are “off the grid” and have lost connection with the world of work?…

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Total rugby and the future of work

By Kieran Madden


The futurists are hailing that the “the fourth industrial revolution” is upon us, a time where robots will take over…

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Migration Policy Paper: A Welcome That Works

By Julian Wood


Over the last 30 years, New Zealand has become over reliant on temporary work migration as a way to solve…

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Work = wellbeing

By Danielle van Dalen


“Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This cliché was printed on a…

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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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Vocational surgery required

By Kieran Madden


Our vocational educational system is on life support— haemorrhaging badly in desperate need of surgery. Four of New Zealand’s sixteen…

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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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Mana in Mahi isn’t your average work-for-the-dole scheme

By Kieran Madden


Translated to “strength in work,” Labour’s Mana in Māhī scheme shows real potential to make a difference in the lives…

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When AI goes wrong

By Alex Penk


  You may have heard that the robots are coming to take our jobs, thanks to artificial intelligence. But a…

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Excessive tertiary education sends the wrong signals

By Kieran Madden


The higher education system is a colossal waste of time and money—far more about signaling to future employers than gaining…

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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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The future is not (only) digital

By Kieran Madden


“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” is upon us—the exponential rise in technology that is set to disrupt every aspect of our…

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Tax the robots?

By Julian Wood


We’re now quite used to dire predictions concerning the future of work, job stability, and automation. As far back as…

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Creating opportunities to contribute

By Danielle van Dalen


Last week New Zealander Robert Martin took up his position in Geneva as Spokesperson for Disabled People on the United…

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Valuing access to work

By Danielle van Dalen


Unemployment is costly. It costs the unemployed person and it costs society. For plenty of people with disabilities this cost…

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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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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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