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Our State of the Nation reports and others explore the extent of progress being made in New Zealand across key social indicators of children, crime and punishment, work and incomes, social hazards, and housing. This section also includes our annual reports on the current state of housing in New Zealand as well as other recent reports.

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Monopoly Games in the Nursery

15 Mar | 2011

The Matthew effect has been likened to a Monopoly game: some succeed, while others face steadily diminishing resources.


Under the Influence

28 Aug | 2010

Reshaping New Zealand's drinking culture.

Road with light at the end

A Road to Recovery

11 Feb | 2010

A State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army for 2010.

Empty beer cans

Excising Excess

16 Aug | 2009

Using alcohol taxes to reduce New Zealanders' harmful drinking.

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Into Troubled Waters

4 Mar | 2009

A State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army for 2009.

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Housing Update 2008

25 Aug | 2008

A 2008 statistical overview of housing markets in New Zealand.

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What Does it Profit Us?

9 Aug | 2008

A State of the Nation report from The Salvation Army for 2008.

Apartment block

Rebuilding the Kiwi Dream

25 Aug | 2007

The importance of social housing as a vehicle for social reform.

A man's eyes

Forgotten People

25 Aug | 2006

Men who use Sallie social services who live outside of a family household.


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The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit
PO Box 76249, Manukau 2241
New Zealand
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Email: Social Policy Unit