Children & Families

Telling a New Story About Child Poverty in New Zealand, 2018

Telling a new story about "child poverty" in New Zealand explores common core stories or cultural narratives about child poverty in New Zealand. The report discusses why these stories and narratives may hamper efforts to convince the public and policy makers to accept expert solutions. Importantly, the report highlights the double burden our stories can create for children and parents living without enough. It concludes with research on how to change how we talk about child and family poverty in order to achieve shared policy agendas. Commissioned and published by The Policy Observatory, AUT.

Pennies from Heaven: Why Cash Works Best to Ensure All Children Thrive, 2017

Is an unconditional universal payment to families with babies and young children the best way to ensure our children get the best possible start? Pennies from Heaven investigates different interventions across the world used to improve families and children’s lives, from different welfare policy approaches, early childhood education, through to unconditional cash payments. What has most relevance given why poverty leads to poor outcomes for families and children? And what might work for families and children in New Zealand? Published by the Morgan Foundation.


Digital Media & Democracy

Digital Divides report: Out of the Maze, 2018

A research paper for InternetNZ and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. The purpose of this research was to uncover the biggest obstacles to digital inclusion, and what will be most effective at reducing digital exclusion. Out of the Maze is based on focus groups and in-depth interviews and is focused on listening and learning from those with lived experience of digital exclusion.

Digital Threats to Democracy report, 2019

A report on the opportunities and threats posed to New Zealand’s democracy by digital media. The report includes literature reviews on those opportunities and threats, and evidence as to possible solutions, a quantitative survey of New Zealanders use of social media for democratic activity and a qualitative analysis of 35 in-depth interviews. The research for this report was funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation and Luminate Group.

Online Hate and Offline Harm, 2019

A report looking at the evidence as to the role online hate plays in spreading racist thinking and actions offline, including hate and terror crimes. It explores the evidence for whether harmful action online has increased both harmful ideas and actual harm against minority ethnic and racial groups. This report was commissioned and funded by InternetNZ.


Communicating science and research

A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World, 2018

A Matter of Fact explores the science of communicating and presents innovative ways to talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information. It is both an informative guide to constructive communication and a passionate reminder of the importance of finding what matters to all of us. Published by Bridget Williams Books.