Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

After a poverty of debate, political parties commit to dealing with child poverty Comments 2

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Both Labour and National are now politically committed to major reductions in child poverty rates. Moreover, their ambitions are bold and explicit. National is promising to reduce child poverty by two-thirds – at least on one specific income-based measure – by the end of the next parliament. Labour has committed to ending child poverty and Read more

Sir John Key – child poverty amongst regrets Comments 0

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Sir John Key

When Sir John Key knelt to receive his knighthood in mid-August, he reflected on what he had achieved as prime minister, while also regretting that he hadn’t solved child poverty and other social issues. Sir John says “No one wants to see children that are hungry or families without homes.” He believes that his government Read more

Poor people should not have children Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Families who can’t afford children shouldn’t be having them, says the ACT Party’s new deputy leader, Beth Houlbrooke. And her leader, David Seymour agrees with her, saying  too many children were being born into poverty. The Spinoff (an online magazine) followed up on this story by posting a list of 25 people ACT thinks should Read more

Solo Mother who supported City Mission campaign gets cruel comments on social media Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Auckland  City Missioner, Chris Farrelly, has written to the New Zealand Herald saying he was “troubled immensely” by the comments on Facebook about  a story featuring a solo mother of six. The story  was part of the Mission’s Mothers’ Day fundraising campaign. “It was at odds with what I know of the brave and resilient Read more

Legendary All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry tackles child poverty Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry is one of a group of prominent Kiwis who are throwing their weight behind a campaign to raise awareness of child poverty. A collection of videos featuring Sir Graham and other personalities such as Andrew Mulligan, Toni Street and Stacey Morrison are being released as part of Variety Read more

Marriage best protector against Child Poverty? Comments 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Despite marriage being the best protector against child poverty it has become politically unfashionable – some argue insensitive – to express such a view says Lindsay Mitchell. Her views are expressed a report Child Poverty and Family Structure  that she has written for Family First, published Monday. Mitchell says child poverty is consistently blamed on Read more

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of the world’s problems Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you Read more

New rental housing legislation; tenants could be exploited Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Tenants could be exploited under proposed laws requiring rentals to be insulated and have smoke alarms, Catholic advocacy and aid agency Caritas Aotearoa says. Under the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, (RTA) ceiling and underfloor insulation will need to be retrofitted in social housing by July, and in all other rental homes by July 2019. It Read more

Future prosperity dependent on helping the poor now Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

With the future welfare and prosperity of our nation dependent on the effective education of our next generation, denying the reality of hardship or poverty in New Zealand is futile and self defeating. While official inflation is under control, housing costs have increased at twice the rate of wages and other incomes. With many families Read more

All children deserve new presents on Christmas Day Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The Salvation Army toy appeal co-ordinator says all children deserve new presents on Christmas Day. This has drawn widespread condemnation from detractors shocked at the Salvation Army’s consumer-driven stance, with many saying they will not be supporting their appeal. The Salvation Army’s territorial social services secretary, Pam Waugh, said for many children this would be the Read more