Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Sallies say beneficiary crackdown won’t solve child poverty

Monday, March 4th, 2024
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Beneficiary crackdown plans won’t resolve worsening child poverty statistics. Salvation Army policy analyst Ana Ika (pictured) says the Government’s approach is misguided. “In theory, it sounds like it’ll work, but it’s a simple solution for a complex issue” she says. But sanctioning beneficiaries to push them into employment will not resolve our worsening child poverty Read more

Children working to help their families fly under radar

Monday, February 19th, 2024

As many as 15,000 teenagers are taking on paid work to help pay for family basics and government agencies urgently need to find out how many are dropping out of school to do so, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)says. CPAG is urgently calling for adequate support to school students who are working too many Read more

Child poverty – urgent help needed from new PM

Thursday, November 16th, 2023
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Child poverty must be at the top of the incoming Government’s agenda, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). It has written an open letter and launched a petition, demanding a meeting with incoming Prime Minister Christopher Luxon before Christmas. CPAGs health spokesperson and former paediatrician Professor Ines Asher says they’re calling for the meeting Read more

Child poverty issues still need focus

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
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Child poverty in New Zealand has been notably absent from the election debate, say four prominent public health analysts. Jonathan Boston, John Kerr, Michael Baker and Russell Wills say that, although recent governments have successfully implemented a range of anti-poverty measures, child poverty barely figured during the 2023 election campaign. “During the 2017 general election Read more

Working for Families review – is this the best we can expect?

Monday, August 28th, 2023
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For the last two decades critics have seen Working for Families (WFF) as discriminatory, poorly designed, far too complex and woefully ineffective in addressing the worst child poverty. In 2004, CPAG explained what was so wrong in a publication called Cut Price Kids and has been campaigning to fix WFF ever since. After the WEAG Read more

‘Barefoot and hungry’ – children bear brunt

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Teachers are warning of a gruelling winter ahead for children in poverty, as the cost-of-living crisis takes a major toll on struggling families, says KidsCan. “They say it is affecting learning, with more children arriving hungry, others barefoot in freezing weather, and sickness spreading in overcrowded, unheated homes.,” says a KidsCan spokesperson. KidsCan has seen Read more

Food insecurity is starving with Budget crumbs

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Food insecurity is an urgent problem the Government must fix. “The more hungry we are, the more we will see unrest,” says Auckland City Missioner Helen Robinson. “Thousands and thousands of us just don’t have enough money for food.” She should know. Over the past 10 years, demand for City Mission food parcels has risen Read more

UN report highlights Kiwi children ‘left behind’ in poverty

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Persistent child poverty rates in Aotearoa New Zealand signal a failure to recognise the legal rights of the child consistent with the Articles of the UN Convention, according to a report by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). CPAG is concerned groups of children have been ‘left behind’ in recent attempts to reduce poverty, and more Read more

Stagnating progress on child poverty

Thursday, March 30th, 2023
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Prime Minister Chris Hipkins is known to dislike the nickname Chippy, a hangover from his student days. Given the way he has chewed through Jacinda Ardern’s old policies, maybe we should instead call him the Wood Chipper: big, gnarly policy offcuts are fed in, and out comes a handy pile of pie-related photoshoots and small-target Read more

Child poverty reduction stalls ahead of cost-of-living crisis

Monday, March 27th, 2023

The latest child poverty statistics show there was no statistically significant improvement in the year to June 2022. The latest child poverty statistics show there was no statistically significant improvement in the year to June 2022, and campaigners fear the situation has only got worse since then. Stats NZ on Thursday reported no little change Read more