Child poverty

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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League tables: the media's new poverty porn

By Jane Blaikie 7 January, 2013

An initial flurry of attention by commentators and politicians quickly waned as it became obvious that all the data had to show was a form of poverty porn: decile 10…

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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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The real deal on decile funding – rich kids still get more

By Jane Blaikie 27 October, 2012

Key points Decile funding is not enough to close the gap between rich and poor students. “Parent help” in a low decile schools is just as likely to mean the…

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Who's the boss?

By Diana Clement 19 July, 2010

Teacher has chunk of flesh bitten from leg. Pupil stabs teacher. Boy smashes teacher’s head into wall. These headlines are all too familiar. It’s true that the majority of teachers…

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