Policy Watch 27 August 2015

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson Kia ora tātou katoa Welcome to Policy Watch. We begin this newsletter with a reflection on the importance of hope in our lives and how imagining a better life is challenged if you’re living in a state house, watching your…

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Is Housing a Human Right?

A Public Dialogue 7pm 31 August 2015 St Matthews-in-the-City, Auckland (corner of Hobson & Wellesley Streets) Featuring speakers: Dr Claire Dale – Child Poverty Action Group Rau Hoskins – Te Matapihi national Māori housing network Professor Paul Morris – Director for Religious Studies at Victoria University Paul Barber – New Zealand Council of Christian Social…

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Household Incomes Report

The latest Household Incomes Report produced by the Ministry of Social Development is out.This now iconic and much anticipated report is packed with data and explanation about different measures of child poverty.  No matter how you cut it though, New Zealand still has an unacceptably high level of children living in poverty. The report seems to show an increase in children…

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NZCCSS Oral Submission on the Child Hardship Bill

The Social Services Select Committee has now heard all oral submissions on the “Supporting Children in Hardship Bill“.  21 written submissions on the Bill were received by the Committee and all are available to read online. While most of the submissions welcomed the extra $25.00 for beneficiary households with dependent children, most questioned whether the associated work obligations…

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