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Dr Liz Gordon – The politics (and economics) of poverty

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

It is to our political shame that (a) the economics of neo-liberalism have remained entrenched ever since; (b) that now two generations of people dependent on the state (and many workers) have been raised in poverty; and (c) we have accepted the inequalities of our society as ‘normal’, OK and due to some sort of meritocracy, rather than as the systematic robbing of the poor to pay the rich.

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GUEST BLOG: Jeni Cartwright – Confusion reigns on measurement of Child Poverty – THANKS BILL

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

It’s probably been a bit of a surprise for many – especially for those who wiggled their eggs out of National’s basket and into Labour’s at voting time – to read claims from former Prime Minister Bill English that his government lifted 85,000 children out of hardship between 2011 and 2016.

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Time to speak up for Metiria Turei!

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media witch-hunt against Metiria Turei gathers pace with “Newshub” digging up another story about the Green co-leader. Shock! Horror! She lived at a different address to the one on the electoral roll so she could vote for her friend in the McGillicudy Serious Party.

Really?

This is the kind of superficial bullshit that has undermined real journalism in this country.

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Let’s have open slather on the 1990s

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  24 Comments

I warmed to Jim Bolger considerably after his Mea Culpa moment. His government indeed was responsible for the unfortunate gutting of the unions and the massive redistribution to the wealthy under National’s failed trickle down theory.

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Christchurch City Council housing failure a tragedy for low-income families

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The real devastating failure of the city rebuild is the plight of low-income families left high and dry by the Christchurch City Council.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelvin Smythe – Children of the poor: Bitter and cynical strategy on education and poverty

By   /  October 15, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

John Key: ‘We can count rodents easily – neglected, abused or sick children living in cold, damp houses not so much.’ Stuff, 3 October, 2016.

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Judith Collins and Child Poverty

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

How dare she blame parents when the housing crisis erodes wages, how dare she blame parents when Kiwis are being forced to live in cars. How dare she blame parents when 41 000 are homeless. How dare she blame parents when there are 300 000 children living in poverty.

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A Fair suck of the sauce bottle!

By   /  October 9, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  10 Comments

It is all very weird in a world where a rugby player can do a real crime with real victims and not even get a conviction because it would hurt his career. Women without means can have their lives ruined because they must be made examples of as warning to others, while the plight of their children can be totally ignored. Fairly disgraceful.

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Time to tackle key obstacles threatening your financial future – CPAG

By   /  September 5, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Time to tackle key obstacles threatening your financial future – CPAG

Nga Tangata Microfinance supports this year’s Money Week focus: encouraging NZers to positively visualise their financial future, create a plan, and then making a start to live it out. For some people, their financial future involves owning a mortgage-free home, a long overseas holiday or a comfortable retirement. But the daily reality for many low […]

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Child poverty linked to tertiary education policy in recent report

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  31 Comments

“The issue of student debt is often cited as a deterrent, but perhaps a greater barrier to tertiary education is the immediate financial hardship while undertaking study.”

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AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY – Uni research highlights deficiencies in Govt job policies

By   /  August 11, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed, Sue Bradford  /  1 Comment

New university research highlights the grave deficiencies in the ‘work first’ approach to welfare so beloved of both National and Labour governments. “In a thesis released this week, Victoria University student Alicia Sudden explores the experiences of 234 people who had stopped receiving benefits. “Two years later only 143 were in any form of paid […]

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Flexible fund to help homeless welcomed – Salvation Army

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Flexible fund to help homeless welcomed – Salvation Army

Social Housing Minister the Hon. Paula Bennett’s announcement of $9 million in a flexible fund to support people in severe housing need is very welcome says Lieut-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. “We want as an organisation to be proactive in providing a range of supports to help […]

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CYPF Amendment Bill must provide better for children – CPAG

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CYPF Amendment Bill must provide better for children – CPAG

More must be done to improve services for children in order to fulfil Government’s stated commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), and to ensure a safety net that provides for New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). CPAG’s submission on the Children, Young […]

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Get married stay married and you won’t be poor

By   /  May 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  15 Comments

The Family First report, Child Poverty: Don’t Mention Family Structure by Lindsay Mitchell extols the value of the institution of marriage. According to her, family structure is the elephant in the room when child poverty solutions are discussed.

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The rules for the old too good for children?

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  19 Comments

This is how Bill English generates surpluses to justify John Key’s election year bribes of tax cuts to the rich.

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