Mixed Fortunes for the Regions

A new report from the Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit  Mixed Fortunes: A Geography of Advantages and Disadvantages in New Zealand has caused quite a stir this week. The premise of the report is that where you live matters and if you live in certain regions expect mixed fortunes.  As always this SPPU report is well researched and clearly…

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Journeying to social justice

Our journey to social justice starts from many routes. For Murray Riches, he was so affected by the imprisonment of his 10 year old foster brother that he has dedicated his life to understanding ‘why’ it happened.As Murray puts it “I have clear memories of how my foster-brother’s self was diminished by this, and our family became voiceless…

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The Inequality Tower

“But I do know that when you come across something really wrong in life, you have two choices. Ignore it and walk away or get help and start fixing it.” Cartoonist Toby Morris has turned the NZ inequality story into cartoon with this stylish representation of the Inequality Tower in the TheWireless website. His is…

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Your input invited

Careerforce is consulting on the development of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Community) and the New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5).  Face-to-face group consultation workshops will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as opportunities to provide feedback online or keep up-to-date with the process….

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Vocate : New Job Seeker Website

NZ churches and support ministries are constantly looking for talented and ministry-minded individuals, as vision develops and new leaders emerge. Vocate is a new job seeker website for the faith-sector, based in New Zealand and looking to cater to our unique needs. Check out and see how emerging talent can be matched with organisations, helping…

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The mystery of the disappearing data

Policy Watch first raised the issue of missing data back in October 2013. A recent media release from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) indicates this mystery has not been solved. CPAG spokesperson Dr Gerry Cotterell is concerned the “Ministry of Social Development no longer produces its annual Social Reports, which provided a picture of progress towards better social outcomes for…

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