Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua. This whakataukī is sometimes translated into English as “I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past.” This seems an appropriately wise statement with which to commence this brief editorial. Looking back over the past few years, we have had a pandemic and a nation’s response to it. We remember, too, those for whom Covid-19 has not been a simple, mild illness but instead the beginning of ongoing, serious health challenges. We have also suffered a climate catastrophe that has devastated large parts of the motu and we all struggle with what some have called erosion resilience. Current struggles repeat much of our histories and there is much to be learnt from the past.

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David Kenkel and Hoa Nguyen

Interview with Ian Shirley

David Haigh

Poverty, wealth and no revolution in sight: Social work, community development and promoting the art of dissent as insurrection during the neoliberal era

David Kenkel

Wealth creation and other reflections on community development

Tan Pham

Impact of changes to the New Zealand family category policy on immigrants

Dr Ali Rasheed

Poverty in Auckland: A historical review

David Haigh

Notes from the field: A collective community food initiative in suburban Whangārei

John Stansfield

  • Editors: David Kenkel and Hoa Nguyen
  • ISSN: 2423-009X
  • Published: 26.9.2023