This week UNICEF New Zealand launched a campaign ‘Make my Future Fair’ to focus the New Zealand government and public on the obligations we have under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child, which we (the Government) signed up to 20 Years ago. The statistics on the website make stark reading. UNICEF […]
Max Rashbrooke’s new work has shed important light on the distribution of wealth in New Zealand. The question is, so what? His book includes a series of proposals to deal with the issue of rising wealth inequality. The first question is whether that’s an issue to be concerned about or whether we should simply focus […]
It was revealed yesterday that people diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment for that cancer (who are not deemed terminally ill) can only receive government support to live via the jobseekers allowance, not the disability allowance. The jobseekers allowance ironically requires people to be actively seeking work, when by virtue of their cancer diagnosis and […]
Dave Hanna (of Wesley Community Action and Inspiring Communities) explains how our complex tax and welfare systems tie people up in bureaucracy, and reforming those with an Unconditional Basic Income would unleash people’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Catching up with friends living in London the stories are remarkably similar to those in Auckland but on a whole other level. The city is awash with tales of hard working young people unable to save fast enough to get on the property ladder. My only friends that managed this Herculean feat are a young […]
Last week the Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills made the rather startling statement that “it is doubtful children are better off in state care”. In the first report investigating the service Child Youth and Family (CYFs) provides to our most vulnerable children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) conclusion is: WOW. So the […]
Inequality is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. Some say it’s going up. Some say it has been flat for years. What do we really know? Watch this to find out.
The idea for an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new – it has been around since at least the 1960s. Its time seems to have finally come as the international calls for the UBI continue to mount – and they are coming from those on all sides of the political spectrum. In developing countries […]
We hear a lot about inequality, but we don’t do a good job of looking beyond inequality of income. In this Whiteboard Friday, Jess looks at the missing pieces of the inequality puzzle. Care about equality? Watch this video.
The response from the Left to the Government proposals to trial new ways of delivering social services (such as social impact bonds and social housing) has been disappointing to say the least. Instead of being constructive about possibly useful new tools they have shown us again that they’re stuck in the rut of political point […]