Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Report shows Govt failing children

Report shows Govt failing children

A new report confirms the National Government is failing our children, and shows the urgent need for policies to end child poverty in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

“In the past year there has been no progress towards reducing rates of child poverty. 1 in 6 Pākehā, 1 in 4 Pacific, and 1 in 3 Māori children are now likely to live in relative poverty,” Green Party Children’s Spokesperson Holly Walker said.

“In the same period, there has been a massive increase in reported violence and neglect of children.

“Until the Government acknowledges the connection between high rates of material hardship and high rates of abuse and neglect, we will continue to fail our children.”

Ms Walker was commenting on the release of the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation Report, The Growing Divide, which gives New Zealand a C- for its efforts to deal with child poverty, a D for children and risk, and a C+ for children and violence.

“The report has some tough words for New Zealanders. It says we appear to lack the wit and insight to appreciate the links between the social environments we create and the social outcomes we reap.” Ms Walker said.

“I hope the Government will reflect on this challenge when it considers submissions on its Green Paper for Vulnerable Children which close this month.

“The Green Paper’s limited focus does not address why so many New Zealand children live in hardship and are at risk of violence, and until we do this we cannot hope to reduce high rates of abuse and neglect.

“If a large number of submissions are received urging the Government to address the underlying issue of Child Poverty, I hope this will be addressed in the eventual White Paper.”

Ms Walker said the Green Party had four solutions that could help to bring 100,000 children out of poverty during this term of Government.

“We would extend Working for Families support to all low-income families, raise the minimum wage to help children whose parents earn low wages, introduce minimum standards for rental accommodation, and reinstate the Training Incentive Allowance to help sole parents up-skill and move into high-paid employment.

“These are the kinds of solutions we need to have on the table to address both high rates of child abuse and neglect, and the underlying causes of poverty and inequality.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured – Suspect Arrested:

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>


  • 3 News Out-Link - Livestream: Ashburton shooting press conference from 5pm

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

    Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

    Gordon Campbell:
    On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

    Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

    Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

    It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

    ALSO:

    More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

    The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

    Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

    Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

    ALSO:

    Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

    A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

    So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

    ALSO:

    Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

    A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news