Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Budget: Some good news but more is needed Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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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

Child poverty on Key agenda Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Prime Minister John Key has asked his officials for fresh ideas on tackling child poverty. On his first day back at Parliament since being re-elected on Saturday, Key said he had ordered Treasury and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet officials to start presenting new ideas. ‘‘The recognition I think we all have is that Read more

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

Anglican & Catholic bishops organise forum on child poverty Comments 1

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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The Catholic and Anglican Bishops of Wellington, New Zealand, Archbishop John Dew and Bishop Justin Duckworth, have organised Forum on Child Poverty. The aim of the forum is to highlight the issue of child poverty in New Zealand. An estimated 270,000 children (1 in 4 children) in New Zealand live in poverty. Click here  to Read more