Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Child poverty lowest on record in US

Monday, September 19th, 2022

The year 2021 was an outlier in many respects. Much of the year was characterised by halting steps to return to something resembling normality following the global health emergency declared in 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic. There was a recession that started before COVID-19 throttled the United States and much of the world, but that Read more

Children’s experience of child poverty

Monday, August 22nd, 2022
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An eight-year-old boy is often hungry, but knows if he tells his mum, she will eat less herself and go hungry. He hates the thought, so he stays quiet. An 11-year-old girl knows once rent is paid, there is almost nothing left over, so she tries not to ask for too much. She never takes Read more

Free lunches and benefit boosts, but our kids are still living in poverty

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

When my son was at intermediate school, he would often ask for two or three extra sandwiches. I didn’t think much of it: ‘He’s a hungry, growing boy,’ was probably the first thing that came to mind. But I never said no. It wasn’t until several months and dozens of ham, egg and mayo sandwiches Read more

Child poverty level worst in 18 years – KidsCan

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

During Christopher Luxon’s tour of KidsCan’s Auckland distribution centre on Friday, the charity’s CEO and founder, Julie Chapman, used the opportunity to inform the National Party leader of the dire state of child poverty in Aotearoa. “We’re seeing unprecedented levels of need,” said Chapman. KidsCan was founded by Chapman in 2005, at the time providing Read more

Dear Pakeha NZ – Child poverty isn’t a ‘Māori’ problem, it’s an ‘us’ problem

Monday, May 30th, 2022

There is a real danger in NZ Politics that when you attack policy as racist to Māori we play the ‘is it racist’ game where everyone screams it is or isn’t, everyone goes back to their polarised corners, nothing progresses. We’ve done it with Police shootings, we’ve done it with Police taking photos of kids Read more

Third-rate outcomes belie government’s child poverty focus

Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Despite the Ardern government’s stated child poverty focus, more and more of New Zealand’s children,  particularly Māori and Pacific children, are suffering. In the face of miserable outcomes in relation to child poverty, obesity, suicide and basic education, the Prime Minister remains upbeat about her government’s efforts to date. “You would be hard pressed to Read more

Combatting the dismal reality of child poverty

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

When Pamela* found out her daughter had gone to prison last November, she didn’t know where to turn. Her daughter’s three children had been left without parents to look after them, and the whānau were struggling with the emotional load. Pamela took in her three grandchildren, but on top of the heartbreak was struggling with Read more

NZ children living in motels reaches record high

Monday, July 12th, 2021

The Labour government promised to prioritise tackling child poverty. But for the 4368 children living in motels across the country as at 31 March, the problem is still all too real. That number jumped by 480 in three months. At the end of December there were 3888 children in motels. There were 465 children in Read more

Social agencies warn of child poverty issues

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Only a small percentage of children will be lifted out of poverty over the next three years by Budget announcements last week, Tauranga social agencies have been told. About 40 members of social agencies gathered to discuss the effects of the Budget announcements on child poverty at a breakfast meeting organised by the local Western Read more

Income support rises welcome

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the income support increases announced today by the Government, saying the rises will be a good step towards income adequacy for many children in need. “The changes today are useful if insufficient. Our modelling shows the changes fall short of liveable incomes, but these increases should still be high enough Read more