These are unusual times. Our nation is in the middle of a global pandemic and a national lockdown. The Government has responded swiftly and strongly with various economic packages, health advice and new measures and health-based restrictions that have created a new normal in Aotearoa. As we adjust to this new normal, The Salvation Army alongside other community groups and NGOs believe that it is vital to try and capture and quantify the social impacts of this pandemic and lockdown on the poorest and possibly most vulnerable New Zealanders. This fortnightly C19 Social Impact Dashboard is an offering from The Salvation Army to try and record the outcomes of the new social realities on our nation, but particularly for poorer, vulnerable Kiwi facing serious hardship in this new normal.
Just under 2 months ago, we launched our annual State of the Nation Report 2020. The state of social progress in New Zealand was much different in February than it is today. In that report, we stressed the key theme of citizenship and Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Huia Tangata Kotahi—People of the Land, People of the Treaty, Bring Everyone Together. These themes seem even more relevant in today’s New Zealand. Our hope is that this Dashboard, commentary and analysis will help us continue to come together, to unite to face these new challenges, but also develop effective policies and strategies for the looming social challenges.
Both the report and dashboard are available for download at the bottom of this page.