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Why do we think beneficiaries are nothing?

This week Canterbury Community Law published some research on what it was like to be a beneficiary in the Canterbury region. While the research was not representative of all beneficiaries’ experiences in New Zealand, it does highlights the dehumanising, belittling, confidence sapping, and stigmatising experience that being on welfare can be. It makes for grim […]

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Get rid of our flag of subservience

When John Key first raised the issue of changing the flag it seemed like a random flight of fancy, especially when he referred to our flag as a “brand” – as though we should decide whether we fancied the silver fern or the Zespri logo. But his musings have provided the opportunity for us to […]

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