Tag Archives: neoliberalism

Social work: Putting out fires for those who “deserve” it

By Lauren Bartley The centuries-old distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor that dictated who was deserving of charity and social assistance, and who was not, seems to be making a crafty comeback in New Zealand. Developed during the reign of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NGOs and the shifting sands of a competitive marketplace.

By Hitendra Patel  Over the past three decades, government provision of social services has become increasingly decentralised and replaced by non-government organisations on contract (NGOs). A marketplace has been created where multiple providers tender for government contracts to provide social … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Big data. Bigger headache

By Chad Wilson Imagine it’s rubbish day, you’ve taken the trash out and the rubbish man approaches you for your personal information. It is imperative otherwise he cannot provide his service.  What happens next? Do you comply? Give fake information? Or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ministry for Vulnerable Children leaves an uncertain taste in the mouth

by Anonymous The opening of the newly formatted Ministry of Vulnerable Children (Oranga Tamariki) has brought uncertainty in the way that it seeks to decrease the abuse of children and young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the key … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Musings of a Student Social Worker on the Public Demands for State Responsibility for Institutional Violence

by Atticus Finch As I watched the recent interview online of four Māori adults who were abused as young children in care homes at Newshub , tears welled up in my eyes. I could only imagine what a lifetime of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Lack of Review, What’s New?

By Alex The government’s refusal to review the mental health sector reflects the neoliberal assumption that everyone has equal access to their services. A recent report by Action Station  shows that more than 90% of service users were frustrated by … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment