10 Jul 2016

Darrin Hodgetts on 'welfare with a big stick'

From Sunday Morning, 7:08 am on 10 July 2016

After researching poverty internationally for over 20 years, Darrin Hodgetts finds a "victim-blaming, punitive approach" to welfare in his home country New Zealand, where the poor are punished for being poor.

Professor Hodgetts talks with Wallace Chapman about the need for a more caring and humane approach to New Zealanders in poverty.

Darrin Hodgetts

Darrin Hodgetts is professor of societal psychology at Massey University. Urban poverty, penal welfare and health inequalities, which he co-authored with Dr Ottilie Stolte from the University of Waikato, is due out later this year.