‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis

In January, an isolated reserve declared a state of emergency over dangerously poor housing conditions. A resident has now died – what will it take for meaningful change? “When you see these conditions on a daily basis, you start to accept it as normal,” says Sol Mamakwa, the member of provincial parliament for Kiiwetinoong. Photograph: … Continue reading ‘Beggars in our own land’: Canada’s First Nation housing crisis

Community Development and Older People

Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. This Carnegie UK report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy, brings … Continue reading Community Development and Older People

Poverty in New Zealand

Abstract Poverty is an important socio-political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Children's Commissioner's Child Poverty Monitor has established the following measures of poverty: material hardship (where households income is less than 60% of the current median income). It was also identified that households in extreme poverty (including 80,000 children) are experiencing both material hardship … Continue reading Poverty in New Zealand

Engaging youth in community action research: A visual methods approach to HIV and AIDS awareness

Abstract Young people are amoung the most affected and vulnerable groups in the HIV epidemic. Targeting young people in prevention strategies requires inclusive and participatory appraoches. This paper discusses a film production project that involved youths in a remote rural community in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It explores some of the processes and … Continue reading Engaging youth in community action research: A visual methods approach to HIV and AIDS awareness

Case Study – Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health

Case Study - Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health The FRST programme "Mäori Community Goals for Enhancing Ecosystem Health" (FRST Contract TWWX0001) began in 1998. The programme evolved from a previous FRST-funded programme "Mäori values for land use planning" that ran from 1995 to 1998, and helped build collaborative research relationships with Ngati Porou. … Continue reading Case Study – Mäori community goals for enhancing ecosystem health