Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

It’s easier to talk about other countries’ atrocities Comments 0

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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It’s easier to talk about other countries’ atrocities than to look deeply at the blight of violence meted out on innocent children on a daily basis in our own country says the parish priest of Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand. In an opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times Fr Wayne Healey Read more

Huge crowd at child poverty forum in Wellington cathedral Comments 0

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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More than 1000 people packed St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Wellington for a Catholic and Anglican initiative to hear politicians address child poverty. Catholic Archbishop John Dew and Anglican Bishop Justin Duckworth invited the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, and politicians to speak on child poverty in the lead-up to the election. At the forum Read more

Band-aid Budget 2014 Comments 1

Friday, May 16th, 2014
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The Budget largely fails to address the root causes of poverty, provide more affordable and social housing, or adequately protect our environment says the The Justice and Peace Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. The Commission says: The Budget fails to adequately address the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state as discussed Read more

Anglican Synod meets at Waitangi Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Two hundred and twenty Anglican bishops, clergy and lay people from throughout New Zealand and the Pacific are at Waitangi to thrash out the direction the church will take in the next couple of years. Over the next three days, they will discuss its role in helping alleviate child poverty, and where it goes in Read more

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
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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
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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
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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