Covid-19 cast a large shadow over our whenua. Inequality, already entrenched in Aotearoa, was magnified and exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19.
The Fourteenth annual State of the Nation 2021 report from The Salvation Army, “Disturbed Present. Better Future?” points to serious, embedded and ongoing hardship for many in our communities.
The State of the Nation 2021 report provides a snapshot of what hardship looks like for the people and whānau who came through our doors over the last year.
Last year was a year full of disturbances, disruptions, and dramatic change. “The Government’s measures to respond to the Covid-19 crisis have been significant and helped greatly to lessen impacts. However, this year’s report shows that the poorest and most vulnerable in our nation have suffered the most from these serious disturbances from Covid-19, leaving many with a gloomy future,” says Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson, Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit Director.
Key findings in the report:
“The poorest and most vulnerable in our nation have suffered the most from these serious disturbances from Covid-19, leaving many with a gloomy future,” Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson says.
“The key question now,” says Senior Analyst Paul Barber, “is what does a better future look like for those most affected by Covid-19 in the last year? As a Christian church and charity, hope is central to our message and story – we remain hopeful. But the statistics presented in this latest State of the Nation report – Disturbed Present. Better Future? – show we continue to face enormous challenges, particularly in housing, unemployment, methamphetamine, financial hardship and other areas.”
‘There is no improving the future, without disturbing the present.’ This was the famous challenge Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, gave in the 1800s. The Salvation Army is urging the Government to make bold and courageous policy decisions that address the entrenched poverty that successive governments have failed to deal with over the last 10 to 20 years. This kind of courage builds hope for the better future we all want and need.
Below is the report link, which will be available at 4am, Wednesday, 17 February 2021:
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