Recent Research

Following the December 2015 workshop, we are continuing to list interesting developments and research reports below:

Lines within New Zealand Infographic
The McGuinness Institute – November 2016

Are we there yet?: Five years on the road to addressing child poverty
Dr Russell Wills – Children’s Commissioner – May 2016 (presentation slides)

Characteristics of Children at Risk Infographics
New Zealand Treasury and Statistics NZ – February 2016 (an excellent wall poster)

Poorly Understood: The State of Poverty in New Zealand
The New Zealand Initiative – February 2016

Social Investment Insights
Statistics New Zealand and New Zealand Treasury – February 2016

Using integrated administrative data to identify youth who are at risk of poor outcomes as adults
New Zealand Treasury – 2015

Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity 
AEI-Brookings – December 2015

Beggars out in force for summer 
Stuff – December 2015

Registration decision: Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QUE51343)
The Charities Registration Board – November 2015

Stephen Hawking on the Future of Capitalism and Inequality
CounterPunch – October 2015

More effective social services Summary version
Productivity Commission – August 2015

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development Challenges and possible implications for Norway 
Fafo, Norway – 2015

NZDEP2013 index of deprivation
University of Otago – May 2014

Treasury Report: Data on Poverty in New Zealand
New Zealand Treasury – January 2012

What do New Zealand students understand about civic knowledge and citizenship?
Ministry of Education – 2010

Ministerial Committee on Poverty

Pre-2015 workshop Resources

The following is a list of resources that we want participants to be aware of prior to the workshop. They are divided into two sections – Essential and Recommended – and are arranged by date, beginning with the most recent.

In providing these resources, we aim to build a shared platform for participants to discuss ways to tackle poverty. Please note that these resources deliberately represent a wide range of perspectives, not all of which we agree with. Some are research-based or statistics-based, and these are included in order to ensure that participants enter the workshop with a shared awareness of the current factual realities of poverty both within New Zealand and throughout the world. Others are included with the aim of orientating participants to a range of different opinions, approaches and modes of expression around this issue.


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Improving the family environment in which children are raised is vital to any serious effort to reduce poverty and expand opportunity.  Twenty-five years of extensive and rigorous research has shown that children raised in stable, secure families have a better chance to flourish.

The family structure in and of itself is an important factor in reducing poverty: children raised in single-parent families are nearly five times as likely to be poor as those in married-couple families.

Household Incomes in New Zealand: Trends in indicators in inequality and hardship 1982 to 2014

Ministry of Social Development – Bryan Perry, August 2015

Economic Survey of New Zealand 2015
OECD – June 2015

Child Material Hardship Report
Ministry of Social Development – Bryan Perry, May 2015
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New Zealand General Social Survey: 2014
Statistics New Zealand – May 2015
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Recent Wealth and Income Trends in New Zealand
Salvation ArmyAlan Johnson, February 2015

Income Mobility in New Zealand: A Descriptive Analysis
The New Zealand Treasury – Kristie Carter, Penny Mok and Trinh Le, November 2014

Regulatory Impact Statement for Minimum Wage Review 2013
Ministry of Business and Innovation – February 2014

Relief of poverty
Charities Services – 2012

The Living Standards Framework
The New Zealand Treasury – June 2012

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TalentNZ: Creating a place where talent wants to live – the journey
McGuinness Institute – September 2015

Understanding Social Mobility
Brookings Institution – August 2014

The case for letting business solve social problems [New]
Professor Michael Porter, 2013

Forums for the future: Closing the Gap between Rich and Poor
Te Papa – Nana et al. October 2012

Consequences of Inequality
Closing the Gap – Richard Wilkinson, 2011

A place where talent wants to live
McGuinness Institute – Sir Paul Callaghan, April 2011



Wealth and New Zealand
BWB Texts – Max Rashbrooke, 2015

The Child Poverty Debate: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings
BWB Texts – Jonathon Boston and Simon Chapple, 2015

The Inequality Debate: An Introduction
BWB Texts – Max Rashbrooke, 2014

Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand
BWB Texts – Shamubeel Eaqub, 2014

The Piketty Phenomenon: New Zealand Perspectives
BWB Texts – Multiple contributors, 2014

Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet
Earthscan – Tim Jackson, 2009

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SSIR newsletter on measuring pathways out of poverty
Peter Manzo – December 2015 (recommended by David Rutherford)

Child Poverty in New Zealand
Unicef New Zealand – October 2015

Richard Gere goes incognito as homeless man – October 2015

Robert Reich on Why Capitalism Needs Saving
Rolling Stone – Mike Konczal, October 2015

It’s not a lack of self-control that keeps people poor
The Conversation – Elliot Berkman, September 2015

SB Nation – Spencer Hall, September 2015

Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations – September 2015

A glimpse into homelessness in West Auckland
Salvation Army – Reina Tuai Harris, August 2015

MBIE’s Pacific Economic Strategy 2015-2021
Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment – 2015

National Drug Policy 2015 to 2020
Ministry of Health – August 2015

Inequality in New Zealand 1983/84 to 2013/14
The New Zealand Treasury – Christopher Ball and John Creedy, June 2015

An overview of New Zealand’s Housing
Child Poverty Action Group – Alan Johnson, May 2015

Mixed Fortunes – The Geography of Advantage and Disadvantage in New Zealand
The Salvation Army – Alan Johnson, May 2015

On a Plate
The Wireless – Toby Morris, May 2015

“Goldblog” Searches related to poverty
Paul Goldsmith – 2015

Working for Families Changes: The effect on the labour supply in New Zealand
The New Zealand Treasury – Penny Mok and Joseph Mercante, November 2014

The Role of Value Judgements in Measuring Inequality
The New Zealand Treasury – John Creedy and Jesse Eedrah, November 2014

Our children, our choice: priorities for policy
Child Poverty Action GroupEdited by M. Claire Dale, Mike O’Brien and Susan St John, September 2014

Te Kupenga 2013
Statistics New Zealand – May 2014
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Society at a Glance 2014 Highlights: New Zealand OECD Social Indicators
OECD – March 2014

Child Poverty in New Zealand: Building on progress to date
Expert Advisory Group on Child Poverty – October 2013

Government Response to the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty
Beehive – May 2013

Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand – Evidence for Action
Children’s Commission – Expert Advisory Group, December 2012

Report of an investigation into defining a living wage for New Zealand
Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit – Peter King and Charles Waldegrave, December 2012

Reducing Child Poverty in Māori Whānau
Solutions to Child Poverty – Expert Advisory Group, August 2012

Public Perceptions of Poverty and Social Exclusion: Final Report on Focus Group Findings
Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK research project – Eldin Fahmy, Simon Pemberton and Eileen Sutton, August 2012

Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for Māori children
Child Poverty Action Group – 2012

2010: The Social Report
Ministry of Social Development – October 2010
Report and Data

Poverty, Income Inequality and Health
The New Zealand Treasury – Ken Judge and Iain Paterson, January 2001


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The story we tell about poverty isn’t true
TEDtalks – Mia Birdsong, May 2015

The New Haves and Have Nots
TVNZ – Nigel Latta, July 2014

Mind the Gap
TV3 – Inside New Zealand, August 2013