Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Every week another 300 families ask for food parcels Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Every week another 300 families struggling to put food on the table are turning to the Salvation Army for help, the organisation says. In the year to September, it recorded a 7 percent increase in requests for food parcels compared to the previous year – the biggest rise since 2011. In some regions, including Hawke’s Read more

Salvation Army calls for law to ensure housing for children Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Salvation Army’s latest report, Invisible in the SuperCity, was triggered by staff seeing many working families left homeless because their wages couldn’t pay for housing Pauline’s story Pauline has three young children and a baby due in two months. Their rent became too high for her husband’s wages, and the family were left couch-surfing Read more

Family poverty – 26,000 kiwi kids in poverty Comments 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

This week is Social Justice week. The focus this year is family poverty. Almost a quarter of all New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. 2014 Child Poverty Monitor That means that these families live on less than 60% of New Zealand’s mean income. Only 37% of the adults in these families are in paid Read more

Vinnies and gangs dish out sandwiches to needy children Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

You may not be surprised to know that the St Vincent de Paul Society in Hamilton has the Loaves & Fishes programme, which takes school lunches to children in 24 Hamilton schools. What may be more of an eye opener is that a local gang is doing the same thing. The Tribal Huks is a Read more

Budget: Some good news but more is needed Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Justice and Peace Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland says that Thursday’s Budget offers welcome relief to vulnerable families. They have welcomed in particular the 2016 increases in family benefit rates and Working for Families payments for low income families. They also are pleased that money has been set aside for planting new Read more

Universal benefits challenged Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Children’s Commissioner wants a rethink of universal services such as pensions and free children’s healthcare so more public spending can go to the neediest families. The commissioner, Hastings children’s doctor Russell Wills, hoped the Budget to start a national “conversation” about how to use limited public spending to best effect. “We need all taxpayers’ Read more

School decile stats suggest widening gap Comments 0

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Education Ministry figures show the communities around low-decile schools are poorer than ever but better educated. School deciles are based on five indicators – parents with no qualifications, crowded households, household income, parents receiving income support, and parents with low-skilled occupations. Decile one schools are the 10 percent of schools with the most students from Read more

Cardinal Dew joins housing protesters Comments 4

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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Cardinal John Dew recently joined protesters concerned about empty Housing New Zealand properties and growing urgent housing lists. Dew told about 50 people at the protest on March 21 that 34,000 New Zealanders were either homeless or living in insecure homes. Good quality, safe shelter was a basic human right and New Zealand had a Read more

Church congratulated on child poverty stand Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “I think the Anglican Church is right on the mark and this Government has to focus on child Read more

Poverty – not in my town? Hot soup for street kids Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Debbie Munroe has a message for people who don’t think poverty exists in New Zealand. “Come down to Manurewa and join me so you can see what I see.” The 50-year-old youth worker walks the streets of Manurewa with a small group three nights a week, handing out hot soup and bread to people who Read more