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Posts Tagged ‘child poverty’

Will the Maori Party make a stand for kids?

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, December 12th, 2012 - 14 comments

The Maori Party has publicly called on National to act on the child poverty report. Was this a token protest for form’s sake, or will the Maori Party actually make a stand for kids?

Champions for Children

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 pm, September 11th, 2012 - 33 comments

The Greens have started a new programme – Champions for Children. We should all sign up. We need to make alleviating child poverty the election issue of 2014.

Children’s Commissioner’s report due

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, August 28th, 2012 - 91 comments

A guest post from Carol on the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG) report, to be released today. We need a sustainable destination, not a life raft. Update: The report is out.

Education and poverty

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, August 5th, 2012 - 45 comments

No one can fix the tail of educational underachievement without fixing poverty.

Another shaming poverty report for the government to ignore

Written By: - Date published: 12:07 pm, May 31st, 2012 - 51 comments

Here’s a prediction for you – the Nats will ignore this report too. They’re not particularly interested in the issue of kids in poverty.

Petty politics as usual on poverty

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, December 15th, 2011 - 37 comments

Key is playing petty politics as usual on poverty. He should have accepted Shearer’s call for a cross party process and his offer of help on the new “ministerial poverty committee”.

100,000 reasons to vote Left

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, November 25th, 2011 - 10 comments

In the end its pretty simple for me.  I’m asking you to vote for the Left this election, for 100,000 reasons.

Both Labour and The Greens have policies that will lift 100,000 children out of poverty.

Are we a caring country?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, November 9th, 2011 - 125 comments

Nothing separates the political Right and Left  like their attitude to welfare.  The difference is very starkly highlighted in the recent policies from National and Labour.  Which approach better serves the children of New Zealand?  How much do we care?

Insight on poverty

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, November 7th, 2011 - 49 comments

Sunday morning’s RNZ Insight program was an excellent examination of poverty in NZ. Labour’s policies were slowly reducing poverty.  National’s are making it worse again.  How much do we care?

Another shaming report on child poverty

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, September 13th, 2011 - 70 comments

The Child Poverty Action Group has released yet another shaming report  on child poverty in NZ.  The Nats’ cuts to Working for Families are making matters worse.   If the election doesn’t return a Labour government, then we’re going to have three more years of inaction punctuated by brief ritual hand-wringing over each new report.

Too many hungry kids

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, July 27th, 2011 - 180 comments

Making sure that children don’t go hungry is not the responsibility of charity, it is the responsibility of all of us, of society. It is the responsibility of government.  The National government is failing.

Experts warn Welfare Working Group

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, July 11th, 2011 - 12 comments

Paediatrician Professor Innes Asher has written an open letter to the Welfare Working Group lauding their aims, but warning that their recommendations will harm children. Child Poverty Action Group and Every Child Counts have endorsed the letter, bringing with them a considerable number of academics and other experts in the fields of child health and […]

Children in poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, December 15th, 2010 - 207 comments

Child poverty is on the rise again.  My question to the National government is simple.  What are you going to do to reverse this trend and lift children out of poverty?  It’s your watch.  What are you going to do?

“Creeping communism” a success

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, July 20th, 2009 - 6 comments

Missed this from a couple of days ago: For the first time in 25 years, the incomes of those in lower brackets grew more quickly than those on higher incomes, the Household Income Survey by the Social Development Ministry found. It credits Working for Families with the turnaround and says it also helped avert a […]

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