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Creating jobs will not end poverty

For families’ sake it’s time to rethink our welfare and tax systems. The Prime Minister’s reaction to the latest survey of child poverty was predictable but misguided. It is not just about jobs. As the welfare regime already attests with its Working for Families regime, earned income for many is lower than they can live […]

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State Housing a Joke

Here is a classic illustration of how stuffed the welfare system is. Housing New Zealand (HNZ) allocates it’s low-rent properties to people based on their income and savings. Ms Bella Bowden easily qualified on all their criteria – a working person on very low pay – and has been a tenant at one property for […]

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Benefits system needs to evolve

On Thursday last week, the Living Wage campaign was given a very public airing at AUT University with a collection of international speakers. While much of the focus of this campaign has been on the hourly rate paid to low-wage workers, the international guests spoke more broadly of the rapidly changing nature of work under […]

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Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Housing boom figures should convince government to put its hands back on the steering wheel

Guest post by Bernard Hickey There’s a tipping point for any pragmatic policy-maker where the facts change to such an extent as to render any existing strategy redundant. Depression-era economist John Maynard Keynes explained his change of mind on monetary policy after the Depression thus: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do […]

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