Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

 ABSTRACT Recent law changes in New Zealand allowing for the detention of a “mass arrival” of asylum seekers reflect a concerning international rhetoric and associated policy trend in Australia and the United Kingdom towards those seeking asylum. This paper argues that, although the New Zealand public has not (yet) reached a “moral panic” that is … [Read More] Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality matters even though it has barely changed – The New Zealand Initiative

The public is constantly told income inequality is rising and the government should do something. This report seeks to explain why inequality matters, even though it has barely changed. It shows how income inequality did rise in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but has since flattened out. Meanwhile consumer spending inequality has returned to mid-1980s … [Read More] The Inequality Paradox: Why inequality matters even though it has barely changed – The New Zealand Initiative

Constructing Housing Decisions in Later Life: A Discursive Analysis of Older Adults’ Discussions about their Housing Decisions in New Zealand – Housing, Theory & Society

ABSTRACT This study explores the social location of older New Zealanders’ housing decisions by examining the discursive resources older adults draw on to construct their housing decisions. Housing decisions in later life are significant and complex, as the house in which an older person lives can be a central part of their life and impact … [Read More] Constructing Housing Decisions in Later Life: A Discursive Analysis of Older Adults’ Discussions about their Housing Decisions in New Zealand – Housing, Theory & Society

Welfare Reform and Social Investment – FlagPost

Extract from an article by Don Arthur Australian policymakers and commentators are looking to New Zealand for ideas on reform. One idea that has attracted a lot attention is social investment. ‘Spend now to save later’ is the principle behind social investment. As New Zealand Minister for Finance Bill English puts it: ‘We are prepared to … [Read More] Welfare Reform and Social Investment – FlagPost

Wellbeing Economics and Treasury’s Perspective on New Zealand’s Economic Performance – AERU Research Unit (NZ)

ABSTRACT Policy makers internationally are shifting emphasis from measures of economic production to more general measures of wellbeing. The paper addresses what this adds to policy by using a ‘wellbeing economics’ perspective to critique the economic strategy prepared by the New Zealand Treasury at the 2014 general election. It builds on the Treasury’s analysis of … [Read More] Wellbeing Economics and Treasury’s Perspective on New Zealand’s Economic Performance – AERU Research Unit (NZ)

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