Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Experts group formed to find solutions to child poverty


Media statement – for immediate release

19 March 2012

Experts group formed to find solutions to child poverty

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills has today announced the formation of an experts group to find solutions to child poverty.

“In New Zealand one in five children are growing up in poverty. The evidence overwhelmingly shows these children are doing badly and will continue to do badly throughout their lives.

“Which is why I’ve pulled together 13 of the best minds in the country - experts in fields such as health, social policy, business, law and education - to find solutions.

“It’s not going to be easy. The answers to child poverty are likely to be complex, plus we’re constrained by the current economic climate. But I’m confident this group will come up with recommendations that will make a difference.

“I’ve asked to them to find realistic, pragmatic and effective ways to combat child poverty – both short-term answers and longer-term solutions. The group will examine the best available local and international evidence and experience, and make recommendations that will make a tangible difference in New Zealand.

“I’m looking for advice that is broader than income because the issues of poverty are more complex than that. The group is likely to explore improving opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged children through evidence-based interventions in health, social services, education and community development.

“And with Maori and Pacific children over-represented in the poverty statistics, I want to see the specific interests of these children addressed.

“The group will provide a final report to me by the end of this year. A discussion report will be made publicly available prior to this – and we will be consulting with the community at this stage,” he said.

Children and young people will also be included in this process.

The Commissioner will use the recommendations from the experts group to provide advice to the Government in time to inform the Ministerial Committee on Poverty.

“The Ministerial Committee has the same goals – to find tangible gains in both the near future and longer-term. And they’re focussed on getting value for money in a tight economic climate.

“The solutions I will be presenting will come from an independent and child-focussed perspective but also take into account the need to spend the tax dollar wisely,” he said.

The Expert Advisory Group will be co-chaired by Professor Jonathan Boston from the School of Government at Victoria University and Dr Tracey McIntosh from Auckland University. The other members of the group are listed below.

“We’ve selected each of these people because of their skill, knowledge and passion for what they do. I’m excited about what they will achieve as a group and confident their recommendations will contribute to better outcomes for children,” said the Commissioner.

Ends.

Members of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty:

Co-chairs:

Professor Jonathan Boston
School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Tracey McIntosh
Sociology Department, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, University of Auckland

Members:

Dr Airini
Head of School, Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland

Dr Fiona Cram
Researcher, Consultant, Katoa Ltd

Professor Mark Henaghan
Dean of Law, University of Otago

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman
Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Phil O’Reilly
Chief Executive, Business New Zealand

Professor Richie Poulton
Director Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (DMHDRU),
Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine
Co-Director, National Centre for Lifecourse Research, University of Otago
Dunedin Study Theme Leader (Cardiovasular Health)

James Prescott
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Programme Leader Accounting, Auckland University of Technology

Major Campbell Roberts
Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, Salvation Army

Bob Stephens
Senior Associate, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Nikki Turner
General Practitioner,
Director of the Conectus Centre and Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC)
Senior Lecturer in the Division of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland

Sharon Wilson Davis
CE, Strive Community Trust

.
-------------------------------

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news