'Off the Track' is the 10th State of the Nation report from The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. It draws on the picture of the tramping tracks so familiar to many Kiwis. Walking these tracks requires frequent checking of maps and track markers to ensure the trail is not lost. Failure to do so in the New Zealand bush can carry significant and sometimes tragic consequences.
In the context of this report, ‘off the track’ reflects a sense that many of the markers routinely analysed for the State of the Nation report currently suggest we are not heading in the best direction for New Zealand as a whole.
In a follow-up presentation to the report’s launch Alan covers the stark contrast between an economy which is apparently doing well alongside a social environment which is becoming increasingly divided. He offers some ideas for how we might reset our priorities.
Both the full text and summary of the report are available here.
Alan Johnson works as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit. and has now authored ten of the State of the Nation reports for the Unit. He is a community activist in South Auckland, an administrator in local sports clubs and as a school trustee. He has held positions as a trustee of the Auckland Community Housing Trust and as the Chair of Community Housing Aotearoa.He has an academic background in town planning and economics and has been involved in Auckland local government for over 20 years both as a politician and bureaucrat.
Alan was a contributor to CPAG's flagship report 'Our children, our choice: priorities for policy', including being the author for the chapter on Housing.
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