Rising prison population: a symptom of inequality

Our prison population is reaching record levels, a reality that is fed by our seemingly entrenched levels of inequality. Societies with higher inequality do worse on a whole raft of social indicators, including having a greater propensity for violence and higher imprisonment rates.[1] In New Zealand, we have record rates of convictions leading to prison, Read more about Rising prison population: a symptom of inequality[…]

Restoration – a NEET opportunity

During the first 2017 leaders’ debate, Bill English, in response to a question about opportunities for youth, said that “the idea of just putting them (young people) out to plant trees somewhere, that doesn’t work anymore”.  Strangely perhaps, it’s the line that has stuck in my head more than most, and here’s why. I work Read more about Restoration – a NEET opportunity[…]

I’m not a blogger…but I do work all day with teenagers at a High School

I am not a blogger. Come to that, I am not psychologist or a counsellor either, but I do work all day everyday with teenagers at a High School. I would like to share some of my observations and thoughts. I hope these thoughts, and indeed questions, will give you something to think about, and Read more about I’m not a blogger…but I do work all day with teenagers at a High School[…]

85,000 NEET Youth – what does this mean?

The number of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is generally considered to be a measure of youth disengagement from social and political participation. Such disengagement can result in poorer mental and physical wellbeing and be a risk for antisocial or criminal activity.[1] Therefore high NEET figures are considered to Read more about 85,000 NEET Youth – what does this mean?[…]

Community Korero and Action on Housing

On the 16th of August at Ethos Café, a group of concerned citizens gathered together to discuss the housing shortfall in Hamilton and some of the actions that could be taken to address this issue. Stories were shared, including the challenge of finding rental accommodation in Hamilton. Rental house showings at the more affordable end Read more about Community Korero and Action on Housing[…]

What are we doing to ensure a supply of suitable housing?

Accommodation Supplement In 1991, the central government introduced the Accommodation Supplement. The Accommodation Supplement is a ‘demand side subsidy’ and is based on need. Access is conditional on a person being able to find housing in the first place. There are no rules or conditions around the quality or appropriateness of housing. The Accommodation Supplement Read more about What are we doing to ensure a supply of suitable housing?[…]