Every society tells a story about the good life, getting a fair go, or what it takes to live well. Sadly, in many communities in New Zealand, that story is marred by poverty, disadvantage, and lack of hope and opportunity.
Following the release of our third research paper in The Heart of Poverty series, Maxim Institute hosted "Changing the Story": panel discussions with audience Q+A in Wellington and Auckland, exploring how the different parts of our society can work together to bring positive change—both now and in the future.
Our panels featured specialists from local community organisations working with struggling families now, alongside researchers from long-term studies that point to what might prevent poverty and disadvantage in the future. This conversation, from our Wellington event, offers an opportunity to consider what’s being done, and what could be done to change the stories New Zealanders live.
Professor David Fergusson, Founder, Christchurch Health and Development Study
Rev. Tric Malcolm, Wellington City Missioner
Kieran Madden, Researcher, Maxim Institute