The TacklingPovertyNZ initiative aims to contribute to a national conversation on how to reduce poverty in New Zealand.

Meeting with the Hon Bill English (now Right Hon) in his office on Thursday, 3 November 2016. To the right of the Minister sits Mayor Meng Foon of the Gisborne District, Mayor Hon John Carter of the Far North District, Ben Dalton, (Deputy Director-General at the Ministry for Primary Industries) and Dr Girol Karacaoglu, (Head of the School of Government at Victoria University and formerly the New Zealand Treasury’s Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary of Macroeconomics, and International Economic Research). To the left of Bill English sits Wendy McGuinness, (Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute), Dr Mike Reid, (Principal Policy Advisor at Local Government New Zealand) and Dr Carwyn Jones, (Senior Lecturer in Victoria University’s Faculty of Law). Dame Diane Robertson, (chair of the Data Futures Partnership former Chief Executive of the Auckland City Mission) attended but is not pictured.

In 2016 we undertook a national tour of six one-day workshops on tackling poverty. The results of the tour were presented to the Right Honourable Bill English in his office on Thursday, 3 November 2016. Given the urgency, we have sent a proposal to the Prime Minister on demarcation zones. A copy can be found on the McGuinness Institute website.

A discussion paper for each area visited has been published on our website. These papers are specific to each community and together, form a series showcasing insights from individuals who have attended a one-day workshop in their local community.

The draft Working Paper 2017/01: TacklingPovertyNZ 2016 National Tour: Methodology, results and observations has been released for comment and can be found on our website. We are currently working towards finalising this paper and the final working paper will be published in late January. This paper brings all the outputs together from the six workshops; it aims to illustrate the differences between the communities. As part of our next steps for 2017 we will build on these findings.

Later this month we will publish videos of speaker presentations from the tour on our YouTube channel and publish our fourth TacklingPovertyNZ newsletter. If you are keen to follow the project, please subscribe here.

Thank you to those who have supported the TacklingPovertyNZ project, in particular the New Zealand Treasury, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Manawatu District Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Gisborne District Council and Far North District Council. We also extend our gratitude to the former mayor of Queenstown Vanessa van Uden, the former mayor of Manawatu Margaret Kouvelis, Mayor of Rotorua Hon Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Gisborne Meng Foon and the Mayor of the Far North District Hon John Carter. We would also like to extend a particular thank you to the national speakers: Dr Girol Karacaoglu, Dr Carwyn Jones and Dame Diane Robertson. Lastly we would like to thank all of the local speakers and workshop participants who worked so hard to build and share ideas on how to tackle poverty, as well as the original TacklingPovertyNZ 2015 workshop participants who returned as interns for the 2016 workshop tour.

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20160622 Recent Publications

December 2016: Working paper 2017/01: TacklingPovertyNZ 2016 National Tour: Methodology, results and observations

December 2016: Demarcation zones proposal to the Right Honourable Bill English

December 2016: Discussion paper 2016/05: A Far North perspective on tackling poverty

December 2016: Discussion paper 2016/04: A Rotorua perspective on tackling poverty

December 2016: Discussion paper 2016/03: A Gisborne perspective on tackling poverty

December 2016: Discussion paper 2016/02: A Manawatu perspective on tackling poverty

December 2016: Discussion paper 2016/01: A Queenstown perspective on tackling poverty

February 2016: TacklingPovertyNZ: Exploring ways to reduce poverty in New Zealand booklet, an output of the December 2015 TacklingPovertyNZ workshop.