Seven of the original TacklingPovertyNZ participants came together at the New Zealand Treasury in Wellington on Thursday, 3 March 2016. They shadowed officials from the Treasury and then presented the TacklingPovertyNZ booklet that the 36 participants had produced as a result of the December 2015 workshop.
This was a first for the Treasury – the opportunity was created by the management team – each participant spent the day shadowing a Treasury official. This would not have come about if they were not impressed with the 36 talented New Zealanders they met at the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. The Treasury thought of it, then executed it brilliantly – hosting seven young New Zealanders – generously sharing the way they work and think. For the McGuinness Institute, it was an awesome experience, just great to be a small part of it. We would like to thank all of those involved.
In the afternoon, the Treasury officials gathered to hear the participants present the booklet that the 36 young New Zealanders produced as a result of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in December 2015. The seven participants introduced the framework of the booklet and went on to discuss what the group of 36 considered to be the roles of the community, employment, education and social services in tackling poverty, as outlined in the booklet. The group thanked the Treasury for their support and the opportunity and they presented the Treasury’s Secretary and Chief Executive, Gabriel Makhlouf, with a baby box as a gift. Providing every new baby with a box full of essentials was one of the groups recommendations in the booklet. The presentation was followed by an insightful Q & A session with the Treasury officials in the audience. The participants were then introduced to the Wharenui in the Treasury which was a special experience.
The McGuinness Institute is taking the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop on tour to explore local insights to feed into an ongoing national conversation about how we can tackle poverty at local and national levels. We will take four groups (of the original participants) around New Zealand. With Councils, we will host one-day workshops with those in local communities – preparing a discussion paper showcasing success stories and lessons learnt. Dr Girol Karacaoglu, the Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, will be joining us for the first workshop. The solution to poverty lies in our local communities, and in central government getting a real insight into how to support communities tackle poverty.
The first workshop is in Queenstown on Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 – everyone is welcome. You can learn more about the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop in Queenstown here. For more information about this initiative see www.tacklingpoverty.org.nz.