Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Fears of a tight Christmas Comments 0

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Charities are bracing themselves for an influx of more than 40,000 struggling Kiwi families who can’t afford to serve Christmas dinner or put presents under the tree this year. The Salvation Army expects a third more New Zealand families will need their help this year compared to last, as lower-income households grapple to recover from Read more

Child Poverty – Children’s Commissioner to publish own stocktake Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has decided to publish his own annual stocktake of child poverty after the Government spurned his call to publish official measures and targets. His first annual update will be published in December with analysis by experts at Otago University, edited by a private communications company and totally funded by a Read more

Being homeless hits children hard Comments 0

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Thousands of Kiwi children are homeless, with many missing out on schooling and basic medical care. A new Otago University study has used 2006 census data to provide the first measure of homelessness, finding that 34,000 people suffer “severe housing deprivation”. Researchers say the problem has “inevitably” worsened since 2006, with a deepening housing shortage Read more

Dr Lance O’Sullivan receives another award Comments 0

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Dr Lance O’Sullivan, a former pupil of Hato Petera College,  was honoured with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award at the Auckland Town Hall last week. Earlier this year he was awarded Supreme Maori of the Year by current affairs show Marae Investigates. Sir Peter Blake Trust chief executive Shelley Campbell praises O’Sullivan’s dedication to eradicating child poverty. Read more

Little in the Budget that shows real commitment to change Comments 0

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Budget shows a slow and steady economic recovery, but that should not be the extent of our ambition. We need more urgent attention given to poverty and recovery of social wellbeing, says the Auckland Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. While the Government is moving towards implementation of some recommendations of the advisory group Read more

Stronger commitment to measuring well-being of children – Catholic Bishops Comments 3

Friday, April 12th, 2013

New Zealand needs a greater commitment to measuring the children’s well-being say New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops. Responding to the release of the UNICEF Innocenti report into Child well-being in rich countries, Archbishop John Dew, speaking on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, said it was a matter of concern that New Zealand does Read more

NZ gets a poor social progress report card from the Salvation Army Comments 0

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Salvation Army’s 2013 State of the Nation Report identifies a mixture of success and failure in New Zealand’s social progress over the past twelve months. Through reference to social and economic data the Report identifies significant positive progress in areas of pre-school education and crime and punishment. It also demonstrates how little has been Read more

Auckland City Missioner calls for shake-up of govt agencies Comments 0

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The Auckland City Missioner says a report on child poverty is timely, and if the recommendations in it were adopted it would have a significant impact. However, she says what is ultimately needed is a change in the way government agencies work. The report, commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner and released by an expert advisory group, Read more

Children victims of Government policy Comments 0

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Vulnerable children are bearing the brunt of Government changes to welfare benefits, with sole parents the majority of those with children having their benefits cut, says Child Poverty Action Group. Figures obtained by the lobby group under the Official Information Act show since the Government’s first tranche of welfare reforms were introduced in July last Read more

Child Poverty – where are the men? Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2012

As he was addressing a group of MPs and their staff who had come together to discuss child poverty Parliament last week, Victoria University public policy Professor Jonathan Boston realised he was the only man in the room. Boston, who is co-chairman of the Children’s Commissioner’s advisory group on solutions to child poverty has discovered a significant Read more