Society

When are we going to see action to tackle child poverty?

By Debra Harrington 16 December, 2015

The latest report on child poverty (Child Poverty Monitor, Children’s Commissioner) would be no surprise to anyone. It seems every year the findings of highly-researched studies are released and they…

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Too sick too learn

By Elizabeth McLeod 14 July, 2014

It’s been described as a disease that disproportionately affects the poorest of the poor. That New Zealand has one of the highest rates of rheumatic fever in the developed world…

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The terrible toll of transience on our schools and students

By Elizabeth McLeod 28 April, 2014

Last year, nearly half the 167 kids enrolled at Hamilton East School had left by the end of the year: not counting Year 6 leavers. If this wasn’t disruptive enough,…

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Free the poor – another world is possible

By Jane Blaikie 2 January, 2014

Sometime in the spring of 1937 my grandmother ran into a paddock in East Otago and called other people’s ducks from the sky. She recognised the ducks as domesticated, my…

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Kids' experiences leave long-term scars

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

He might not be superman, but Jonathan Boston is everywhere in the current debate on child poverty. He speaks out in public with as much passion as a professor can…

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Child poverty requires radical change

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2013

New Zealand’s most opinionated economist Gareth Morgan says it’s society” not just cats” that needs a big shake-up. Making waves is nothing new to Gareth Morgan. Recently, uproar broke out…

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Child poverty: the too-hard basket

By Jenny Davies 7 January, 2013

“New Zealand has chosen to tolerate significant child deprivation. We could choose otherwise,” says Jonathon Boston, academic and co chair of the Expert Advisory Group on child poverty set up…

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