There was a great protest up Queen St today, as 1000-odd people (including me & my family!) marched against child poverty, and government and societal inaction over it.
Henare O’Keefe – wow.
I’m sure the media cameras loved Lucy Lawless, and Jacinda and particularly Hone made great political speeches (Meteria didn’t seem to speak as powerfully as she normal does), but 2012 New Zealand Community Hero Henare O’Keefe stole the show.
If anyone wasn’t motivated to action after hearing him – they must have stone hearts.
So Hone’s breakfasts in schools bill seems the first target to get through (as the bill’s already on the order paper from this term) – and we need to make sure that Labour, Greens, Internet Mana, Maori Party & NZ First (who have all pledged support) have a enough seats in the house to get it through.
Then we need to raise the minimum wage, and …
So really, we just need a centre left government so we don’t have the horrific statistics of 260,000 kids in poverty in our country, but someone who will do something about it.