The founding Head of Māori Development at the Icehouse, Shay Wright, was a speaker on day two of the TacklingPovertyNZ workshop. You can view this presentation on our YouTube channel or play below. Shay explained his vision for New Zealand. He shared a number of practical ‘hows’ with participants, which sat under three overarching topics: increasing household incomes; reducing regressive tax systems, for example by reducing GST; and reversing the new world order by encouraging world class community-owned businesses to help create self-empowering communities.
The TacklingPovertyNZ workshop brought together 36 young New Zealanders between the ages 18 and 25 to prepare a youth perspective on the issue of poverty in New Zealand and how we might, as a country, go about tackling it. Participants spent most of their 72 hours in Wellington working hard at Treasury, in order to present their findings to MPs and other guests at the finale at Parliament on Wednesday, 9 December 2015. Every year, the McGuinness Institute has worked in collaboration with the New Zealand Treasury to create a place for young New Zealanders to explore complex public policy issues together. The workshops have always proved exciting, enjoyable and insightful. The McGuinness Institute would particularly like to thank the staff at the New Zealand Treasury for their continued support and encouragement. This initiative is ongoing and we will be releasing further developments in the next few weeks on the TacklingPovertyNZ website.