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Tania Tapsell on how to tackle poverty

Tania Tapsell on how to tackle poverty

Councillor Tania Tapsell’s (Rotorua District Council) presentation from the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop is now available on the McGuinness Institute YouTube channel. You can also watch the video below. As one of the youngest local government councillors in New Zealand, Tania Tapsell offered an interesting perspective from within local government. Although poverty can be intergeneration because of education, housing and...
Dame Diane Robertson on the complexities of being poor

Dame Diane Robertson on the complexities of being poor

Dame Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner, was a speaker on day one of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop. Dame Diane’s presentation is now available on the McGuinness Institute YouTube channel. You can also watch the video below. The McGuinness Institute would like to thank  Dame Diane Robertson for allowing the publication of this video. Dame Diane discussed working...
Prime Minister's 2016 Summer Reading List

Prime Minister’s 2016 Summer Reading List

Welcome to our annual recommended summer reading list for the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Thinking about New Zealand’s long-term future is the overarching purpose of the Institute. It is with this in mind that we have identified the following observations from 2015 that will shape our recommended reading list and our work programme for...
TacklingPovertyNZ workshop video - A brief insight into the workshop

TacklingPovertyNZ workshop video – A brief insight into the workshop

The TacklingPovertyNZ workshop has come to a close. Over 72 hours, participants engaged with and learnt from policy analysts within the New Zealand Treasury, key people in the wider community and individuals who have experienced poverty first-hand. The discussions aimed to build a shared understanding of the complexities surrounding the current policy landscape, matching knowledge with...
Farewell to Hannah

Farewell to Hannah

Hannah Steiner-Mitchell, our project manager and research analyst, is leaving us for the beautiful streets of Budapest. There, she intends to research her family history, with the goal of writing a book about her grandparents’ lives. Hannah’s grandparents, along with her father, came to New Zealand in 1958 as refugees after leaving Budapest during the...
TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop - Day 3

TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop – Day 3

Day three of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop saw the participants bringing together their findings from the past 72 hours into an engaging presentation at Parliament. The participants had worked late into the night on Tuesday to build their content for the presentation, and they arrived at Treasury bright and early on Wednesday morning to carry on...
TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop - Day 2

TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop – Day 2

The second day of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop was another challenging day that proved extremely rewarding. The day was filled with speakers who provided plenty of inspiration and new ideas for the participants to work with when developing their presentation to Parliament. Learn more about this workshop at the TacklingPovertyNZ website.  Session six: Q & A with...
TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop - Day 1

TacklingPovertyNZ Workshop – Day 1

The first day of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop was a very busy one, with numerous speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise with the participants and broadening the range of perspectives and ideas in the room. Please note that videos of the day’s sessions will be made available early in 2016. Learn more about this workshop at the TacklingPovertyNZ website. ...
Government Economic Network Annual Conference 2015: Day one

Government Economic Network Annual Conference 2015: Day one

The Government Economic Network (GEN) held their annual conference in Wellington on Monday, 30 November and Tuesday, 1 December 2015. The McGuinness Institute interns attended the conference with the aim of sharing their insights with the Institute and our community. Below is a summary of the sessions on day one. Day one sessions were centred...
TacklingPovertyNZ Pre-Workshop and the 'Getting to know each other' questionaire

TacklingPovertyNZ Pre-Workshop and the ‘Getting to know each other’ questionaire

The TacklingPovertyNZ workshop officially kicked off at Westpac Stadium on Sunday. The 36 TacklingPovertyNZ participants, who have come to Wellington from all over New Zealand, gathered in the stadium’s changing rooms to start getting to know each other and to prepare for the task ahead. All our workshops follow a similar process, as outlined in the diagram below. I...
TacklingPovertyNZ: The journey has begun

TacklingPovertyNZ: The journey has begun

The TacklingPovertyNZ workshop is under way. As a precursor to the workshop’s formal start on Monday, 7 December 2015, the McGuinness Institute has published a video on our YouTube channel to illustrate one aspect of poverty in New Zealand – relative income poverty. In this video McGuinness Institute interns Ali Bunge and Callum Webb use Lego...
Nine days to go: TacklingPovertyNZ workshop finale at Parliament

Nine days to go: TacklingPovertyNZ workshop finale at Parliament

We are pleased to invite you to the finale presentation of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop, which will be held at Parliament on Wednesday, 9 December. To receive a formal invitation, please email us at tacklingpovertynzrsvp@mcguinnessinstitute.org. There is only one week left before the workshop itself begins at Treasury. The workshop will bring together 36 young New Zealanders, who will...