Anglican & Catholic bishops organise forum on child poverty

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 the Child Poverty Action Group Report.

Archbishop John states that “Children are among our most vulnerable citizens. We all have a responsibility to care for them and to ensure they have what they need to survive and thrive”.

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills will give a key note address.

Archbishop John Dew and Bishop Justin Duckworth will offer a short presentation on a Christian perspective on poverty.

Other speakers include:

  • David Cunliffe Leader Labour
  • Peter Dunn Leader United Future
  • Hone Harawira Leader Mana
  • Te Ururoa Flavell Co-Leader Maori
  • Metiria Turei Co-Leader Green Party
  • Chris Finlayson Attorney General National

New Zealand First is yet to confirm a spokesperson.

The Forum will take place at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday 5 August.

Snacks and drinks will be provided at 5:45pm.

The forum itself will begin at 6:30pm starting with whakatau and prayer.

There will be opportunities for people to share in small groups.

The forum also provides an event specifically for young people with a Young Voter Forum beginning at 8.15pm.

There will also be a few displays on the general topic of poverty and a few books on sale.




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