Child Poverty in Aotearoa: Tackling Inequality

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, June 6th, 2014 - 10 comments
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There’s a wee bit of irony in showing a program on inequality on expensive subscriber-only TV; but nonetheless there’s an excellent new series on Face TV (Sky 83).

It’s a 6 part series and the first 4 parts are on Child Povery Action Groups’ YouTube channel:

The last two will also be on the CPAG YouTube Channel after airing.

Catriona MacLennan, lawyer, journalist and activist talks to leading experts from a range of disciplines and organisations about the impact of poverty on children and practical solutions for change.

Worth sharing, if we’re going to get Child Poverty and Inequality the traction in this election campaign that they deserve.

hattip: CPAG

10 comments on “Child Poverty in Aotearoa: Tackling Inequality”

  1. Dale 1

    So called child poverty in New Zealand is the fault of the parents that decide to have children. It’s time for people to take responsibility for there actions. I lived in South Auckland long enough to see for myself the stupid people make even more stupid decisions. They think the government will take care of them. Now just where did they get that idea from Labour? These people have been treated like simple little labour voters for so long that the left sees fit to exploit them every election year. It’s time to stop this exploitation. If anyone thinks what I’m saying is untrue then come spend a decade down there.

    • McFlock 1.1

      Even if you were right, that’s no reason for children to experience the repercussions of their parents’ poor decisions.

      But you’re just fucking wrong.

    • Murray Olsen 1.2

      “stupid people make even more stupid decisions” as proven by your decision to make your stupid post. I went to university with enough students from Epsom and Remuera to see that stupid people make stupid decisions. They were still rich though.

    • Bunji 1.3

      Exploit them by getting them jobs? Rather than leaving unemployment over 6% (National have had unemployment under 6% once since 1990 – the first quarter of 2008 when they took over from Helen Clark). Labour in that time got unemployment under 3.5% – at 4% or under for 5 consecutive years.

      So you can believe your myths, but actually Labour gets a lot more people on their own feet than National.

      Also: people often have jobs when they have kids, and then the job goes bye-bye – should they get rid of their kids at that point, or should the community – through the Government – show some support?

  2. Dale 2

    Oh really? People get used to being looked after and not standing on there own two feet. I’m also a parent and if I didn’t teach my kids to look after themselves then I’d be broke. It’s the same for our country. Why is this simple concept so hard to understand. Yes there are folk out there that need our help. But the amount that expect the tax payers to pick up the bill is way out of wack. I’m not trying to bring on an argument for the sake of left and right,but I’ve just seen so much of it.

    • McFlock 2.1

      so you taught your kids to stand.
      I bet they fell a few times.

      Who caught them or made sure they wouldn’t hit their head when they fell?

  3. Mike the Savage One 3

    “There’s a wee bit of irony in showing a program on inequality on expensive subscriber-only TV; but nonetheless there’s an excellent new series on Face TV (Sky 83).”

    Yes, I wonder how many poor and affected will be able to watch this, I guess very few, and these are the voters we need, not some middle class good earners able to afford Sky pay TV.

    FFS, what has New Zealand come to, where poverty is “discussed” at the elite dinner table, kind of “patronising”, is it not???

    Yet so few are standing up against it, as they rather complain about how much it would cost them in taxes. A divided society beyond repair, that is the present assessment I have.

  4. Dale 4

    In some areas yes a very divided society. That doesn’t mean we give up on repairing the mistakes that have been made. Glass half full and all that. I’ve been living in Perth for the last 8 months,and it’s real tough here now. If your 30 or under and you lose your job there’s no benefit for 6 months. As I’m a kiwi there’s no benefit ever. FYI I never had sky in NZ and don’t have pay TV here. Can’t see the point of paying to watch TV. The political blogs and landscape are so interesting in election year over there.

  5. Dale 5

    Hey Mcflock,you bet I was there to catch them. But each time I did there was a lesson or two for both of us to learn. How far do I watch them fall and how much do I help them up. But most of all what do we do to make it less likely that it won’t happen again.

    Question: Dose anyone know what are the plans for Meadowcourt caravan park in Manukau? I lived there for a few years before moving to Perth. It just might be worthwhile keeping an eye on.

  6. Philj 6

    xox
    Sky has taken over as the public broadcaster for the poor and the rich in New Zealand. Probably makes the poor even poorer as why should the poor accept crap public TV? TVNZ has fallen and it is sad and dangerous to NZ democracy.

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