New Zealand is not as fair as it used to be: Wealth inequality

post by Gracey 

One of the reasons I want to be a social worker is because I want New Zealand to be a fairer society. New Zealand is not the equal society it once was. There are families who are trying to make a living out of minimum wage, people without homes sitting on the streets we pass and children living in poverty. These kinds of issues are the ones I want to tackle because it highlights that New Zealand’s current system desperately needs to change.

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New Zealanders’ perspectives on tax

post by Emily Lawrence

A core value position of the social work profession is “the development and just allocation of the resources which enable everyone to achieve their full potential” (ANZASW, 2013,p.5). Most funding for social work services comes from revenue the government collects in tax, in the 2016/17 financial year tax revenue totalled over 75 billion dollars (Treasury, 2018). We know that policy, including tax policy, is influenced by public discourse which is often (mis)informed by mainstream media discourses (Wilson, 2013). So what do New Zealanders think about tax, the allocation of tax money and its spending?

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Who’s telling our stories?

post by Rachel Wallis

In recent times, barely a week has gone by without media coverage of the teacher shortage or poor working conditions of nurses. The public are well-informed about the low salaries, high workloads and extra duties that are driving teachers and nurses out of the cities, and the profession. Representatives from the Principles Association, or the New Zealand Nurses Association are regularly interviewed regarding their concerns for their profession and it appears they are backed up by the general public.
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Gross Domestic Product, Feminism and Sanction 70a

Post by: On_this_rock

Sole Parent Benefits have recently come under fire because of a sanction on those parents that do not name the other parent for child support payments. Specifically, sanction 70a of the sections 176, 177 and 178 of the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill, enforces weekly reductions of benefits of $22 per child, and then an additional $6 if no action to name the other parent has been taken during first 13 weeks (AAAP, 2018). Those sanctioned are predominately mothers: 13298 women vs 318 men and approximately 17000 children (Auckland Action Against Poverty).

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