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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