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Survey on the 44 ‘hows’ from the TacklingPovertyNZ Rotorua workshop

Survey on the 44 ‘hows’ from the TacklingPovertyNZ Rotorua workshop

At the TacklingPovertyNZ Rotorua workshop held on 19 August 2016, participants discussed challenges and opportunities in the local area. Six key themes emerged: youth, community, housing, financing debt, business and government initiatives. From these, 44 ‘hows’ to tackle poverty were identified. We are seeking to further stress-test these ‘hows’ through a public survey. The survey will help us shape the content...
Survey on the 32 ‘hows’ from the TacklingPovertyNZ Manawatu workshop

Survey on the 32 ‘hows’ from the TacklingPovertyNZ Manawatu workshop

At the TacklingPovertyNZ Manawatu workshop on 15 August 2016 participants discussed challenges and opportunities in the local area. Five key themes emerged: the Role of Housing, Youth/Under 5s, Health and Wellbeing, Māori and Elderly. From these, 32 ‘hows’ to tackle poverty were identified. We are seeking to further stress-test these ‘hows’ through a public survey. The survey will help...
'It's not just about a box, it's a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important' – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

‘It’s not just about a box, it’s a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important’ – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

Jennifer Weber, Chief Education Officer of The Baby Box Co., discusses the Canadian and Australian baby box initiative at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Jennifer discussed that The Baby...
'Policy is about people' – Dame Diane Robertson on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Policy is about people’ – Dame Diane Robertson on poverty at Queenstown workshop

Dame Diane Robertson, former chief executive of the Auckland City Mission, shares her experience of working with poverty and the Family 100 Research Project at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Dame Diane opened...
‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

Hine Marchand, Community Ministries Worker for the Salvation Army, and Niki Mason of Happiness House, shared their local perspectives on poverty in Queenstown at the one-day TacklingPovertyNZ workshop on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of their presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Hine and...
'Communities are where the solutions are’ – Dr Girol Karacaoglu on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Communities are where the solutions are’ – Dr Girol Karacaoglu on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘In good things and bad, New Zealand has followed the world with a ten to 15 year lag.’ Dr Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, shares the Treasury’s policy framework around poverty at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of his presentation on...
Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published

Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published

The McGuinness Institute’s latest Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education is now published! Think Piece 25 forms part of the Institute’s submission on the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into ‘new models of tertiary education‘. This inquiry presented an opportunity for the Institute to set out ideas we have gathered as to how New Zealand might...
Submission season – five submissions in two months

Submission season – five submissions in two months

As well as all our projects bubbling away, the Institute has been busy preparing submissions on an array of issues relating to our work programme. Since mid-March 2016, we have prepared five submissions: a tertiary education inquiry by the Productivity Commission; an ETS review by Ministry for the Environment (MfE);  a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill...
Sharing the baby box with the Wellington community

Sharing the baby box with the Wellington community

As part of the TacklingPovertyNZ initiative, we met with officials from the New Zealand Treasury and DCM Wellington this morning as the Treasury gifted DCM a baby box from the Baby Box Co. DCM (formerly known as Inner City Ministry and then Downtown Community Ministry) was founded by a group of Wellington churches in 1969...
Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

Study abroad student reflects on life at sea and her time at the Institute

We were lucky enough to have Hoai-Nam Bui, a 3rd year student at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota studying geology and biology join us at the Institute for a week. We first met at the Sea Semester event in March 2016. Below is Hoai-Nam’s reflections on her travels round New Zealand. This past week, I have...
TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter issue 1 out now!

We are pleased to announce that the first TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter is now available to view on our website. In response to the interest we have received around the TacklingPovertyNZ national tour, we have decided to create this TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter. The newsletter will be produced every two months for the remainder of 2016, and will share what we and others are doing to...
The booklet sharing ideas from the Civics and Media Project workshop series is now published online

The booklet sharing ideas from the Civics and Media Project workshop series is now published online

Proceedings of The Civics and Media Project: A report on the three workshops held in 2015 is now published. The booklet is intended to contribute to the national conversation about civics and media by documenting our thinking about the nature of the issue, our vision for the future and some pragmatic ideas to get there. You...