Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Children still missing out after quakes

Children still missing out after quakes

“Even in developed countries, disasters have a knack of finding the poor and vulnerable


“Children in Christchurch are missing out on the conditions they need to grow into healthy adults,” says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

CPAG has launched a new paper on the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes on children, supported by the Canterbury & West Coast branch of the Public Health Association (PHA).

The paper shows children’s health and wellbeing have been significantly affected by the earthquakes and long-term issues are now emerging. In the first three months of 2013, the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service had twice the number of emergency incidents they would usually receive. Health problems are also becoming more serious and include family violence and adult mental health issues in young people.

The impacts of the earthquake are disproportionately impacting children from low-income families.

CPAG spokesperson Sara Epperson says, “International research has shown that vulnerable groups in a community are the most affected by natural disasters. Christchurch has been no exception.”

The paper reveals major changes to the school environment in Christchurch over this period have also contributed to family stress. Additionally, the condition and availability of rental housing in Christchurch has impacted heavily on low-income families, causing great stress for children.

PHA Canterbury and West Coast Branch chair Rachel Eyre says, “Children’s recovery from a traumatic event is greatly helped if they are in secure, safe housing and if their school is able to provide a stable and familiar environment. Some people might think the earthquake impacts are diminishing. But for children living in more damaged communities, the disruption of school changes and lack of a permanent place to live continues to undermine their recovery.”

The complete background paper is available on the CPAG website (http://www.cpag.org.nz/assets/Backgrounders/140227%20CPAG%20Children%20and%20the%20Canterbury%20Feb2014.pdf).

CPAG warmly thanks the PHA for supporting the launch.

-ENDS-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news