The Fabric of Welfare

Bridget Williams Books

This illuminating history looks at the rich range of bodies, agencies and people helping to create welfare services in New Zealand. Tracing the complex dealings of voluntary groups and government social services, it offers a new perspective on New Zealand social history.

As well as rigorous analysis, The Fabric of Welfare abounds in stories of people who have reformed, cared and served. From the nun who saw a woman about to throw her child into the sea, and so set out to care for ‘foundlings’, to the telethon organisers and wealthy philanthropists, it paints a diverse and fascinating picture of our history of caring for others.