Māori Article of the Week: An integrative transformative service framework to improve engagement in a social service ecosystem: the case of He Waka Tapu by Hepi, Foote, Finsterwalder, O’Hinerangi, Carswell, & Baker

This study attempts to understand the engagement between an indigenous social service provider and marginalised clients deemed ‘hard-to-reach’ in order to gain an insight into how to improve the client’s engagement and well-being through transformative value co-creation.
Read the full article here Read more

Book Review: Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice by Tania Saeed

Recent terror incidents in the United Kingdom have once again brought the British Muslim community and its role in countering violent extremism to the forefront of much mainstream media and governmental discourse. On 4 June 2017, the morning after three men committed terror attacks in London Bridge, Prime Minister Theresa May stated that ‘we cannot and must not pretend that things continue as they are. There is—… Read more
Cover for Islamophobia and Securitisation: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Female Voice

Liana MacDonald: Institutional silencing, racism and New Zealand schooling

New Zealand secondary school institutional structures operate in elusive and complex ways to silence racial critique. The process is so entrenched in everyday teaching practice that it occurs without conscious thought, yet the mechanisms of schooling have been carefully structured in ways that support New Zealand society to remain culturally and historically ignorant of our colonial past – in particular,… Read more
Scrabble tiles spelling out the word "racism"

Manying Ip: NZ’s ambivalent view of our Chinese community

The evolving story of the Chinese community in New Zealand over the last 30 years can be used as a social barometer to gauge how far we’ve moved on since 1987. That was the year when the country opened its doors to migrants from ‘non-traditional source countries’. The arrival of the new Chinese immigrants from diverse regions, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic can arguably be said to be the… Read more
Elderly Chinese woman standing on a bus with New Zealand Europeans sitting behind her

Sean Creaney: Young offenders’ views rendered invalid: children must have a stronger voice in the system

A context of enforcement, compliance, control, regulation and surveillance pervades youth justice across England and Wales. At its core it is court-ordered, compulsory, and adult-orientated. Such a system is not conducive to children being actively involved in the designing or shaping of policy and practice supervision. Rather than privileging children’s insights, it appears their voices are often marginalised… Read more
Young offender being escorted down a hallway by a uniformed guard

Catriona MacLennan: Finally, hope for victims of domestic violence

Can domestic violence victims finally hope that the Family Court will start applying the Domestic Violence Act properly and provide them with the protection the law was designed to give them? The Court of Appeal has handed down the most important decision on the act since it took effect more than 20 years ago. The Domestic Violence Act was passed in 1995, following an inquiry conducted by retired Chief Justice Sir Ronald… Read more
Person wearing jeans and a t-shirt sitting on the floor covering their head with their arms with their knees tucked to their face

Māori Article of the Week: Kaupapa Māori evaluation: A collaborative journey by Carlson, Moewaka-Barnes, and McCreanor

The interpretation and practice of kaupapa Māori evaluation (KME) take many forms, each involving its own set of considerations, challenges and outcomes. This paper explores the complexities involved in a collaborative journey through an evaluation project where KME was a guiding principle, highlighting its successes and challenges. The evaluation aimed to benefit Ngāti Porou Hauora, a Māori health provider,… Read more

Book Review: Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing

To reduce economic inequality, stimulate spending and update its social welfare system, a government decides to dedicate a portion of tax revenue to pay all citizens an average of £2,500, with children receiving less and pensioners receiving more. The amount is to be given universally, regardless of employment, health or family status. The amount is calculated based on a distribution of GDP and estimated costs… Read more
Cover for Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing

Tunesmith: Pence, Mulan, and Women in Military: A Rebuttal (Part 2)

Now that we have a full argument graph of Pence’s essay, we can look at how to identify its flaws. We do this by isolating parts of the argument and making counterpoints. The first syllogism we found was about sexual attraction: If an argument is going to have any rigor, then we must think about the concepts of necessity and sufficiency. For a simple syllogism, we argue that if each of the premises are true, then the conclusion… Read more
Mike Pence delivering his argument that women don't belong in the military

Tunesmith: Pence, Mulan, and Women in Military: An Argument Graph (Part 1)

I’ve had an interest in “argument graphs” for quite a while now: the practice of representing arguments into a graphical form which follows the rational reasoning behind the argument. Arguments are not usually constructed in this fashion — rather, people like to make arguments in a free-wheeling verbal or written form. There used to be more of a practice of writing argumentative essays in the public… Read more