Turning the tide on our growing prison population

Today, a small group of the Poverty Action Working Group gathered to discuss the increasing prison population in Aotearoa New Zealand. This article is intended to reflect some of what was discussed, but in reality the conversation roamed, dipped and dived in a far more entertaining way than what is relayed here. Hence the value Read more about Turning the tide on our growing prison population[…]

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[…]

Give them time to be young

Not certain if anyone over 45 years of age can remember actually being young, as in remember the realities of it, without romanticising it.  For some strange reason as we age young people and everything they do apparently annoys older people.  Their music hurts our ears and makes no sense to us. They are either Read more about Give them time to be young[…]

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?[…]

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Hamilton – 1300 dwellings short. What does this mean?

One way of assessing housing demand or shortages is to consider population growth compared with the number of dwellings available. Here’s is how our calculation works: In 2013, the estimated population in Hamilton City was 150,200 and the number of dwellings (occupied and unoccupied) was approximately 53,700. In 2016, the estimated population was 161,200 and Read more about Hamilton – 1300 dwellings short. What does this mean?[…]

Why does a housing shortfall matter?

A shortage of housing stock can have a number of negative consequences, some of them relatively devastating. People may experience stress, ill health, broken relationships when they struggle to find suitable, affordable and stable accommodation.  A shortfall of housing can result in: Compromised choices. With a shortage of housing, some people are forced to live Read more about Why does a housing shortfall matter?[…]