Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Contributing to social change Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Churches in New Zealand have a long history of taking strong positions in the public square on social justice. In a well known example, William Rutherford Waddell found great inequalities and deprivation in the St. Andrew’s parish of Dunedin during an economic downturn in the 1880s. He was determined the church should make a difference Read more

Rich kids get the internet – poor kids don’t Comments 0

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

A survey of schools has exposed a yawning gap in home internet access for school students in rich and poor New Zealand families. The survey found that at one in six of the country’s poorest schools, less than a quarter of students had access to internet at home. Read more Related Posts:Innovative efforts to celebrate Read more

Auckland businessman invests $450,000 in free lunches for Taita College students Comments 0

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Taita College students are being provided with free lunches as part of a programme that could one day be rolled out across New Zealand. Libelle Group, Auckland-based school food and drink provider, is running a pilot programme providing sandwiches or a hot meal, fruit, muffin, yoghurt or milk at the Lower Hutt school. Continue reading Read more

Progress stalled in reducing inequality Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The Salvation Army has criticised the ‘wellbeing-focused Government’ for not doing enough to lift the most vulnerable New Zealanders out of poverty. This year’s report, Are you well? Are we safe? takes a wellbeing approach to social progress as a nation. The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas. “We cannot blame Government Read more

Hastings parish helped keep needy children warm this winter Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Hastings Parish’s ‘Needy Children’ project distributed thermal clothing to children in Hawkes Bay during the winter months. Supported by a diocesan contribution of $3000 and private donations of $6800, the funds enabled the purchase of discounted thermals from The Warehouse. They provided 405 sets of new tops and leggings for children from 2 to 12 Read more

Children’s charity launches campaign to help vulnerable children through winter Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

The Warm Hearts Winter Appeal will provide beds, warm bedding and winter clothing, as well as help to pay medical costs for disadvantaged Kiwi kids on Variety’s emergency list. There are nearly 30 vulnerable Bay of Plenty children on Variety the Children’s Charity’s emergency waiting list for vital winter essentials, and more than 400 families Read more

Ardern’s efforts too little, too late for poor families Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018
child poverty Budget 2018

Jacinda Ardern came into politics to reduce child poverty, but her ‘families package’ will not bring help soon enough to the children who need it. About one in eight, or 12%, of New Zealand’s children are in poverty, a problem that has been festering for 30 years. As housing costs have soared, lack of affordable Read more

UN ‘shocked’ by NZ’s record on housing, child poverty, incarceration Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

New Zealand’s child poverty, inadequate housing, incarceration and violence has “shocked” a United Nations committee reviewing the country’s human rights record. Members of a committee overseeing the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were last month incredulous at some of New Zealand’s worst statistics, chief human rights commissioner David Rutherford said. Continue Read more

Christchurch diocese establishes a fund to help women and children Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Hoatu is an $8million dollar fund the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has established to help women, children and families in Canterbury. The money became available when, in 2016, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd returned the proceeds from the sale of property in Halswell in the south-west of Christchurch. The diocese had given the land to Read more

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