Social Policy Journal of New Zealand

Political science publication.

Articles from July

Counting for Nothing: Understanding the Issues in Monitoring Disparities in Health
INTRODUCTION(2) Disparities between New Zealanders, especially Maori and non-Maori, have become an area of significant policy focus. It is largely academic whether interest has sharpened because of the Treaty of Waitangi, a commitment to equity...
Does New Zealand Cannabis Policy Need Dutch Courage?
INTRODUCTION In a recent issue of the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Sally Abel and Sally Casswell backgrounded the development of cannabis policy in New Zealand, identified options for modifying the current prohibitionist approach, and speculated...
Foreword
This 14th issue of the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand deals with a broad range of important social policy topics. It includes work on tracking the impact of employment policy changes on Domestic Purposes Beneficiaries, a number of different perspectives...
Gender Differences and Adolescent Risks
INTRODUCTION This paper examines characteristics and behaviour that are construed as posing risks to the well-being of adolescents in New Zealand, concentrating on the differential incidence and impacts of these risks on males and females. The...
In Search of Gender-Sensitive Concepts and Measures of Poverty, Inequality and Well-Being
INTRODUCTION(1) Despite many decades of feminist research, it is still not possible to obtain a full picture of women's levels of economic well-being. Throughout the twentieth century feminists drew attention to the large and persistent gap between...
New Zealand Youth Gangs: Key Findings and Recommendations from an Urban Ethnography
INTRODUCTION "The gang has taken on the responsibility of doing what the family, school, and other social agencies have failed to do -- provide mechanisms for age and sex development, establish norms of behaviour, and define and structure outlets...
Options for Cannabis Policy in New Zealand
INTRODUCTION(1) Debate on cannabis policy has tended to focus on retaining the current system of prohibition, versus "decriminalisation." The term decriminalisation usually refers to a change in policy that would see minor cannabis offences become...
Perspectives on Marijuana Policy in New Zealand: 1990 and 1998
INTRODUCTION(1) In 1990, some 5,000 New Zealanders were surveyed on their use of marijuana, and their attitudes and concerns relating to the drug. The survey found that marijuana had been tried by almost half of young adults in New Zealand. Throughout...
Social Capital and Policy Development
SOCIAL CAPITAL AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT edited by David Robinson INTRODUCTION The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Victoria University of Wellington has sponsored two workshops on aspects of social capital and published two volumes of the presented...
Social Capital in Action
SOCIAL CAPITAL IN ACTION edited by David Robinson Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington INTRODUCTION The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Victoria University of Wellington has sponsored two workshops on aspects of...
The Maori Sids Prevention Programme: Challenges and Implications for Maori Health Service Development
INTRODUCTION In the early 1980s New Zealand had a higher rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than other comparable Western countries, with no evidence of decline (Mitchell 1990). This prompted the development of a three-year national Cot...
The Policy Response to the Employment Task Force and Changing Patterns of Domestic Purposes Benefit Receipt:a Cohort Analysis
THE POLICY RESPONSE TO THE EMPLOYMENT TASK FORCE AND CHANGING PATTERNS OF DOMESTIC PURPOSES BENEFIT RECEIPT: A COHORT ANALYSlS INTRODUCTION(1) Policy affecting recipients of the Domestic Purposes Benefit (DPB)(2) has undergone a series of radical...
Urban Maori Responses to Changes in State Housing Provision
INTRODUCTION In New Zealand there has been a recognition of the importance of housing to individual and social well-being, such that state involvement in housing provision has been a central part of welfare and social policies throughout much of...
Wilderness Rehabilitation: An 18-Month Follow-Up of the Whakapakari Youth Programme
INTRODUCTION During August of 1993, as a participant observer, I attended Te Whakapakari Youth Programme, on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand, with 12 young people. I interviewed programme participants at the conclusion of the programme (Eggleston...