Social Policy Journal of New Zealand

Political science publication.

Articles from June

Allocating Housing Assistance Equitably: A Comparison of In-Kind versus Cash Subsidies in New Zealand
Abstract The 1992 housing reforms replaced a mixed system of state housing at income-related rents and a cash subsidy for those with high housing costs (the Accommodation Benefit) with a uniformly applied cash subsidy, the Accommodation Supplement....
Another New Zealand Experiment: A Code of Social and Family Responsibility
edited by Judith Davey, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington In 1998 the New Zealand government announced that it was going to introduce a "Code of Social Responsibility". The aim of the Code was to clarify the relationship...
Children in Poor Families: Does the Source of Family Income Change the Picture?
Abstract This paper focuses on children who have been statistically classified as "poor" or "in poverty" because their families' resources fall below a specified "poverty threshold". The measure of poverty used is based on family income and accommodation...
Ethnicity-Based Research and Politics: Snapshots from the United States and New Zealand
Abstract Some developments in poverty and ethnic inequality have followed similar trajectories in New Zealand and the United States, as have the political responses to such developments. This paper examines episodes in both countries in which political...
Foreword
Welcome to the 18th issue of the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand. The papers presented here cover a wide range of social policy issues, with an emphasis on three major themes: children, older people and the evidence base for social policy. ...
Funding Education in Mid- and Later Life: A Case Study from Victoria University of Wellington
Abstract Economic, social and demographic change is highlighting a need for lifelong education and training. However, older people face different challenges compared to students straight from school. The "Education in Mid and Later Life" study at...
Increasing Social Science Research Capacity: Some Supply-Side Considerations
Abstract This paper discusses the development of policy-related research capacity, with particular reference to the place of tertiary education. With regard to the recent demands for more policy-focused research, it argues that deficiencies on the...
New Zealand as an English-Language Learning Environment: Immigrant Experiences, Provider Perspectives and Social Policy Implications
Abstract This paper examines the kinds of opportunities available in New Zealand to new arrivals to develop English-language proficiency. In particular, it looks at how adult immigrants and refugees from non-English-speaking backgrounds perceive...
Revolving Doors: New Zealand's Health Reforms
By Robin Gauld, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington Revolving Doors was published as part of the Institute of Policy Studies work on the evaluation of social policy and social service delivery. A book on the health sector...
Stereotypes and Older Workers: The New Zealand Experience
Abstract Social prejudice about older people in society is expressed in a variety of discriminatory stereotypes. This paper explores the nature of stereotypes held by a large group of older workers and by employers in New Zealand. The empirical...
Tatou Tatou-Working Together: A Model for Government/non-Government Collaboration
Abstract "Te Rito", the Government's strategy for preventing, reducing and addressing family violence, was launched in March 2002. Te Rito was developed by a large group of government and non-government agencies working together in partnership....
The Cannabis Black Market and the Case for the Legalisation of Cannabis in New Zealand
An argument put forward in favour of more liberal cannabis laws in New Zealand is that the legalisation of cannabis would eliminate the widespread black market for the drug and the related private and social harms. This paper investigates these black...
The New Zealand Conference on Database Integration and Linked Employer-Employee Data
The New Zealand Conference on Database Integration was held at Te Papa, Wellington, in March 2002. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum for a wide range of international and local speakers to discuss the added value associated with...
The Prevalence and Persistence of Low Income among New Zealand Children: Indicative Measures from Benefit Dynamics Data
Abstract This paper examines the low-income experiences of a cohort of New Zealand children using information on their inclusion in first-tier income-tested benefits. We follow children born in 1993 and estimate that more than half had some contact...
The United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing
The Second World Assembly on Ageing (WAA) was held in Madrid, Spain, from 8 to 12 April 2002. Over 150 states were represented at the Assembly along with a number of United Nations bodies and programmes, specialised and related organisations and intergovernmental...
Young People and Transitions Policies in New Zealand
Abstract This paper argues that the effectiveness, or otherwise, of policies concerned with youth transitions between education and employment is related to the adequacy of the concepts of youth transition that inform them. An overview of transitions...