The Institute is pleased to announce that the series of five discussion papers as a result of the TacklingPovertyNZ national tour is now published on our website. Each paper provides a unique insight into poverty in the area visited (which were Queenstown, Manawatu, Rotorua, Gisborne, Kaitaia and Kaikohe), in order to inform national decision-making and to support local initiatives.

Other outputs

(i) A ‘Proposal to the Rt Hon Bill English Prime Minister of New Zealand on Demarcation zones for public policy innovation has been made public and can be found here.

(ii) The draft ‘Working Paper 2017/01 – TacklingPovertyNZ 2016 Tour: Methodology, results and observations’ has been released for comment and can be found at on our website. The final Working Paper will be published in late January 2017. Any feedback this paper would be most welcome.

We are publishing videos of speaker presentations as they become final on our YouTube channel. In the new year we will begin a promotional campaign for the national tour video series.

Next Steps for TacklingPovertyNZ
The Institute will continue this work in 2017, looking to share our findings across the country. We will invite all MPs to meet to discuss project TacklingPovertyNZ, and will be returning to the six areas visited to present these findings and gather further feedback. Wendy McGuinness will attend the Community Boards Conference in May 2017 in Methven where she will share the findings from the national tour. The Institute also has invitations to undertake other workshops in 2017 and are looking into these proposals.

The Institute will continue to pursue the idea of demarcation zones, as discussed in the proposal for the Right Honourable Bill English on demarcation zones, which can be found on our website . We are also in the process of preparing a think piece on the national tour which will explore the key ideas discussed in this working paper. We are publishing videos of speaker presentations as they become final on our YouTube channel. In the new year we will begin a promotional campaign for the national tour video series.

It is important that the Institute honour the ideas heard throughout the 2016 national tour by continuing to share them with our community

“What you have heard you cannot unhear”.