Growing Up in New Zealand: Transition to school

We know that healthy families are at the heart of a healthy society. Being part of a family is the most significant socialising influence in a person’s early life. Given that childhood disadvantage strongly predicts negative adult life outcomes, it’s critical that we understand how our children are impacted by the modern world in which we live.

On the last lap of our journey

I very much hope we have helped increase awareness of the large share of care, education, health and housing support that family and whānau deliver for those in our midst who need support. It is critical that when the state becomes involved, it is not to the detriment of the family and whānau who will always be there.

Role of families and whānau overlooked

It seems odd to us that the role of families and whānau in developing and maintaining social and cultural capital is overlooked in the terms of reference for the Tax Working Group. Scant attention is paid to the interface of families and whānau with the economy and the tax system. Yet it is this interface that makes it either easier or more difficult to combine family or whānau responsibilities with participation in the economy.

The political nature of social services

In social services, institutions and politicians appear more likely to have a strong aversion to evaluation and continuous improvement practices that make transparent the imperfection inherent in their decisions and complicate managing political risk.

Reducing harm for future generations – part 3

In the absence of comparable information from New Zealand, there is no doubt that the evidence, findings and reflections uncovered by the Australian Royal Commission should have a profound effect on thinking about child abuse here.

The year in review – part 3

Whenever getting it wrong can adversely affect citizens as well as benefiting them when getting it right, there needs to be transparency and validation of a standard comparable to that well used in official statistics.