A welfare system for the 21st Century

Today Child Poverty Action Group released a background paper on ‘The complexities of ‘relationship’ in the welfare system and the consequences for children.‘ The report includes 16 recommendations to modernise our welfare system which is no longer fit for the purpose of adequately supporting people, especially children. The current system creates a financial disincentive for […]

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Quite a bit of work to do

Overnight the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released their concluding observations on the initial report of New Zealand. There are over 30 recommendations covering a wide range of fundamental rights that are currently limited or denied to people with disabilities in New Zealand. Here’s a very quick summary of the […]

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Rape Culture

So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not. Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ “I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually […]

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World Refugee Day

Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, I look back and think about how lucky we are in New Zealand to experience the diversity and culture that various refugees have brought into this country. Over the years, I have met with many people who came to New Zealand as refugees. They brought with them a […]

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Giving money to beneficiaries – if only.

Yesterday in another attempt by the government to distract us from their rapidly accumulating list of dodgy deals they announced a $3000 relocation grant to beneficiaries who can get a confirmed job offer for over 91 days in Christchurch. This seems to be a very poorly thought out response to a genuine problem in Christchurch. It shows us what happens when […]

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All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income

Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […]

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