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

 


National Government’s Inaction On Poverty Fails Pacific Kids

20 May 2012

National Government’s Inaction On Poverty Fails Pacific Kids

The National Government's head in the sand approach to poverty means Pacific children are being denied the same opportunities to thrive as others, the Green Party said today.

The Salvation Army’s first State of the Nation report on Pasifika people in New Zealand out today, reveals four out of every 10 Pacific children are living in poverty and the average weekly income of Pacific people had risen by only $2 a week over five years, while for non-pacific people it rose by $54.

"Every child in New Zealand was let down by last week's budget failure to address poverty, " Green Part, Pacific Spokesperson, Jan Logie said.

"But this report shows that Pacific children are being disproportionately let down by a Government who chooses to look the other way when it comes to their welfare.

“Marginalised people traditionally bear the brunt of austerity measures and this report shows Pasifika have been significantly disadvantaged.
“Pasifika people have amazing resilience in the face of structural discrimination but 40% child poverty requires immediate action from the Government.

“The National Government has prioritised a return to surplus over actually doing something for hard-working Pasifika people.

“We support the Salvation Army in calling on the Government to put into action the solutions of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group to alleviate child poverty, which include eight recommendations specific to reducing Pacifica child poverty, Ms Logie said

Read the report online: More than Churches, Rugby and Festivals (PDF, 1.39MB) - http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/uploads/file/2013%20Pasifika%20SON%20-%20Web.pdf

Link to further details of the Green Party's Child Poverty package:
http://www.greens.org.nz/endchildpoverty

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Plain Packs Plan: Gordon Campbell On Tobacco Politicking (And The TPP Death Watch)

Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. More>>

ALSO:

.


RECENT TPP MEETING:

Professor Ian Shirley: The Budget That Failed Auckland

The 2016 budget offered Auckland nothing in the way of vision or hope and it continued the National Government’s threats against the Auckland Council. Threatening the Council with over-riding its democratic processes if it fails to release land for housing is a bullying tactic aimed at diverting attention away from the fundamental problems with housing in the region. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post Cab Presser: Budgets, Trusts And Pacific Diplomacy

Today Prime Minister John Key summarised last week’s budget and provided further detail about his upcoming trip to Fiji. He said that there has been “plenty going on” in the last couple of weeks and emphasised the need for Auckland council to facilitate more housing supply. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke: A Failure Of Measurement: Inside The Budget Lock-Up

Shortly after the embargo lifted at 2pm news organisations started filing reports claiming that health, and to a lesser extent housing and education, were the ‘big winners’ out of the Budget. It failed to take into account the fact that in most cases the apparent increases were in fact cuts. Because of the twin effects of inflation and population. More>>

ALSO:

DOCtored Figures: Minister Clarifies DOC Budget

“Commentators have overlooked the fact $20.7m of that perceived shortfall is new funding for Battle for our Birds 2016, provided for in last week’s Budget...” DOC also has approval in principle to carry over a further $20m to 16/17 due to unexpected delays in a number of projects. More>>

ALSO:

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news