November 28, 2008

Ladder Award: Paula Bennett, the new Minister of Social Development

This weeks Ladder Award goes to Paula Bennett, the National Party’s newly appointed Minister of Social Development for her approach to support or ‘back’ single parents (mainly women) with children who are on welfare, even if this includes support to go back on welfare if paid work or child care arrangements don’t work out
October 9, 2008

Designing affordable homes – a multidisciplinary approach needed

Guest bloggers Silke and Ian Macdiarmid argue that to design truly affordable housing a multi-disciplinary approach is needed, drawing on architecture, law, psychology, sociology, ecology and other disciplines. Design must extend beyond the technical to a mind shift, away from our current expectations, sold to us in glossy brochures featuring happily ever after couples.
September 3, 2008

A vulnerable child

In all of human history, it has only been very recently that the nuclear family has had sole responsibility for its children. Does it still take a village to raise a child? There is strong evidence that it does.