Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in New Zealand

Another election and another round of feelgood policies to ‘give kiwis what they really need’ that will magically disappear into the ether once everyone’s cast their vote. Can we afford to keep taking this approach to our most vulnerable? Social scientists have defined the cycle of poverty as being when a family has been impoverished for at least three generations. By this point, any relatives or ancestors who had the ability to impart intellectual, social and cultural capital are long gone. The family has run out of safety nets and sofas to crash on when they’re in a tough spot….