Salvation Army social policy analyst Alan Johnson is calling for comments on his new report which spells out what many in local government have been saying for some time now. Mixed Fortunes: The geography of advantage and disadvantage in New Zealand shows that where people live and work makes all the difference to the types of opportunities they may have and the quality of life they may expect to enjoy.
The report says it’s important that public policy acknowledges the importance of location in questions of economic and social inequality.
The report measures progress in regional New Zealand around four indicators: people and populations; work and incomes; the wellbeing of children; and the presence of social and other hazards.
The Salvation Army says the results of regional wellbeing are mixed but they do point to parts of New Zealand where a significant group of people are struggling to achieve social and economic wellbeing.
The report calls for a threefold national response:
- The development of national sustainability goals which ensure the progress of all regions.
- A national plan to meet the challenges of an aging population, resource scarcity and rising inequality in the regions.
- Accelerating the adoption of new technologies and social arrangements, which more particularly benefit the regions presently struggling.
Download a copy of the full report from the Salvation Army website: bit.ly/1HpnaHR
Share your thoughts on the report’s findings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or find out more from: www.salvationarmy.org.nz/socialpolicy
This article was first published in the June 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.