Person

Susan St John

Report

Family tax credits: do children get the support in New Zealand that they would get in Australia?

This report compares the Australian and New Zealand family tax credit systems. Findings demonstrate that the Australian system is significantly more generous. This is particularly the case for families receiving income support. The New Zealand system is discriminatory, penalising the children of parents receiving a...
Report

Intergenerational impacts: the sustainability of New Zealand superannuation

This paper outlines a number of possible policy tools that could be used to reduce the cost to Government of retirement income support, and to enhance fiscal sustainability and intergenerational perceptions of equity.
Policy report

Further fraying of the welfare safety net

Highlights key changes and identifies themes in the continued and systematic reduction of social welfare and income support for children in New Zealand since 2008.
Journal article

Does the living wage ensure an adequate standard of living for families?

This article considers the setting and adequacy of the level of the living wage in New Zealand and suggests changes in the way the rate is calculated.
Report

Children and the living wage

This background paper explains why families in Aotearoa New Zealand need a much more robust system of tax credit supports, as well as higher wages. New Zealand was once a model for other countries to follow in regard to its egalitarianism. Today, there is high...