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Progressive Thinking: Ten Possible Futures for Public & Community Services

While the COVID-19 crisis has reminded us of how underprepared the world was to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases, it simultaneously revealed how well placed, and effective institutions in Te Ao Māori are in being able to react decisively and positively on behalf of their people. While Government leaders remain focused on navigating the current crisis, we argue

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Tipping the balance: An analysis of the impact of the Working for Families Policy on Māori Whānau.

Dr Heather Gifford, Dr Amohia Boulton, Sue Triggs, Professor Chris Cunningham

NZ’s Working for Families (WFF) policy introduced in 2004 aimed to address, amongst other things, the poverty faced by low-income working families. While WFF has been evaluated, little evidence exists on its impact on Māori. Using data from the Best Outcomes for Māori: Te Hoe Nuku Roa Longitudinal Survey (THNR), we found that WFF has positively impacted income adequacy for

Programmes, Policy, Closing The Gaps

Implementing Working for Families: the impact of the policy on selected Māori whānau

Dr Amohia Boulton, Dr Heather Gifford

This paper presents an analysis of the qualitative data collected for a study investigating the effect of the Working for Families policy on Māori families’ self-reported whānau ora (family wellbeing). Data are drawn from a discrete set of 30 qualitative interviews undertaken with Māori whānau involved in the Te Hoe Nuku Roa Longitudinal Study. Whānau perceptions about how the Working

Programmes, Policy
Public Health

Doing Action Research – Key learning and emerging principles CEDAR

Community Economic Development Action Research Project

In this paper we discuss our experiences in doing action research and share some methodological insights with other practitioners. The aim is to promote knowledge flows both within the public service and with the wider stakeholder community so as to contribute to a shared understanding about the use and value of using action research as a methodology.

Economic Development

Factors that help or hinder Community Economic Development.

Meenakshi Sankar and Karen Wong

The purpose of this paper is to look back over the three years of Community Economic Development Action Research (CEDAR) project and share some of the learnings with policy makers and with those engaged in community economic development work. The paper provides a summary of the issues emerging from CEDAR and offers valuable insights into factors that help/hinder communities in

Programmes, Policy, Closing The Gaps
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