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Poverty, policy and the stateThe changing face of social security$
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Mr Mike O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347992

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.001.0001

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Mapping the territory: a brief historical overview

Mapping the territory: a brief historical overview

(p.13) Two Mapping the territory: a brief historical overview
Poverty, policy and the state

Michael O’Brien

Policy Press

This chapter provides a brief historical overview of the development and changes in social security in New Zealand. It begins by identifying the social-security dimensions in the early period of colonial settlement and proceeds briefly through the initial legislation of the late nineteenth century, such as the Workers Compensation Act and the 1898 Old Age Pensions Act, before proceeding to trace the key elements of provision throughout the twentieth, highlighting both the legislative and political elements. The chapter touches on the ways in which New Zealand's developments sometimes reflect and sometimes contrast with international changes. It concludes with a description of the current structure and framework and the planned changes to social security.

Keywords:   New Zealand, social security, colonial settlement, Workers Compensation Act

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