Pacific poverty, solutions and government response / Greg Clydesdale

Greg, Clydesdale (2014) Pacific poverty, solutions and government response / Greg Clydesdale. In: TeSSHI 2014- Technology, Science Social Sciences, Humanities, 5 & 6 Nov 2014, One Hotel Helang, Langkawi Kedah Malaysia.

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Abstract

Wealth is irregularly distributed and many countries have ethnic minorities that feature disproportionately among the poor. One of the most enduring problems in the New Zealand economy is the persistence of poverty among Pacific people. Government attempts to fix this have failed. In fact numbers living on poverty have grown dramatically. Multi-culturalism is often offered as a solution in preference to assimulation in which the dominant culture imposes its values on minority groups. However, this raises the question whether some degree of assimulation is needed to aquire wealth generating behaviors. This paper examines reasons for government failure to solve Pacific poverty in New zealand and argues that it has failed to identify and address the underlying cause. The cause is a cultural mis-match where Pacific cultural behaviours are not well matched to the demands of the NZ economy. The solution is to focus on the behaviours of parents who are the transmitters of culture.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Greg, Clydesdale
Greg.Clydesdale@lincoln.ac.nz
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory. Demography > Economics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory. Demography > Consumption. Demand (Economic theory)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > Poor. Poverty
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kedah > Sg Petani Campus
Event Title: TeSSHI 2014- Technology, Science Social Sciences, Humanities
Event Dates: 5 & 6 Nov 2014
Page Range: pp. 280-306
Item ID: 35462
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welfare, poverty, culture, Pacific people
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/35462

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