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

Hei Tikitiki: Traditional Rites of Passage for Young Māori

Click on flag to follow the link 1. Hei TikitikiTraditional Māori Rites of Passage & Youth Development 2. Te Ora Hou Aotearoa 3. Current Services• weekly club programmes, small group mentoring• home visitation, school liaison, transition and advocacy services• teen parent support and education• early childhood education (for tamariki of teen parents)• alternative education and … Continue reading Hei Tikitiki: Traditional Rites of Passage for Young Māori

Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey,

In this article we seek to describe the key periods and influences of community development practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our historical journey gives particular consideration to the specific impacts the government’s neoliberal policies have had on community development in this country. This work highlights the hostile policy environment that has left community development isolated … Continue reading Community development in Aotearoa New Zealand: A historical journey,

The impact of NZ third way style government on women in community development

New Zealand organizations that are engaged in community development practice to empower women are disadvantaged under neo-liberal and Third Way-style policies of the New Zealand government. Recent research has shown that community development work in New Zealand has been marginalized as a result of partnering with government, due in part to a focus on the … Continue reading The impact of NZ third way style government on women in community development

Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment

Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment by Jenny Aimers and Peter Walker. Aotearoa Social Work, Issue 23(3), 2011 Community development is a core subject in social work education, yet social work discourse often places community development at its margins (Mendes, 2009). This article considers the location of community development and … Continue reading Incorporating community development into social work practice within the neoliberal environment