Racism, State Care & Welfare: Research Showcase July 2021

Here together are all four superb presentations by invited speakers together, plus the panel discussion chaired by Dr Jin Russell at CPAG’s 2021 annual general meeting.

(re sound quality: the presenters are all mic'd but when introducing them, Jin is not)

Dr Belinda Borell: Whose lives matter most? Demographic representations of the poor

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatōhea; Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellow; SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University

When I say ‘actually, the majority of poor children in this country are Pākehā’ firstly people don’t think you’re telling the truth. Secondly, and most importantly, it changes how they feel about that issue. And they’ll say something like ‘sh**, we really should do something’. … so there’s a sense of urgency… [and] that’s how racism and privilege work. Nobody’s trying to be mean and horrible to anybody. But, … some people’s suffering is less acceptable than others – and that’s wrong.

Tahirah Moton: Honouring care-experienced mokopuna Maori: Creating conditions of wellbeing

Ngati Maniapoto; 2020 Kupe Leadership Scholar; Oranga Tamariki Youth Advisory Group 

State care has been a state-proposed solution to a social context that the state itself has perpetuated and created, following on from colonisation and contemporary iterations of that. So it will never work. A new system of care must eventuate. […]

You really need to privilege imagination, and mokopuna are the best at imagining things when we’re given the space. Which is not currently the case. So I feel like so much good stuff could happen if we privilege the imagination.

Dr Rebekah Jaung: Caregiver experiences of racism and child mental health: A snapshot from Aotearoa New Zealand

MBChB, MPH, PhD; Counties Manukau public health registrar

Indirect experience can have a big impact when children are forming their ideas of the world and whether it is a fair and just place.

Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns: What happened to 'welfare overhaul'? Government's progress on implementing the Welfare Expert Advisory Group's recommendations

Child Poverty Action Group researcher

We painstakingly went through all 168 recommendations… you can see a lot of red – “no evidence of implementation”… There’s a lot of work to be done to ensure that all New Zealanders can live in dignity.

The full evening

Including the panel discussion from 41:40

I’m very hopeful. … I do think the moment is now. As we’re going through this, public health has been given a huge amount of credibility, and now’s the time to strike… with the right ideas in a moment where people need to hear it.