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


Decline in child poverty numbers prompts plea from KidsCan

Thursday 7 December 2017

Decline in child poverty numbers prompts plea from KidsCan

KidsCan hopes the slight decline in child poverty rates in this year’s Child Poverty Monitor won’t stop Kiwis from keeping the significant issue of children living in hardship at the top of their minds.

The just released 2017 Child Poverty Monitor reveals a one to two per cent drop across the measures of child poverty in New Zealand.

CEO and Founder, Julie Chapman says, “while any drop in child poverty numbers should be celebrated it doesn’t mean New Zealanders should sit back and say ‘yes, job done’.

“We should certainly be proud. But the results are just reflecting the concerted effort by charities like ours, the Child Poverty Action Group and government, to remove the barriers keeping people in a cycle of dependence.

“This year alone, KidsCan has gone from supporting 600 schools to a milestone 700. That’s an increase from 135,000 children to 168,000 who have access to our programmes providing the basics – food at school, clothing and health items. There are still 2,590 children on our waiting list. We have also seen an increased need for food with 30,000 children a week now being fed by KidsCan.

“It makes sense, if you’re reaching more people, the numbers of those in need will go down. It doesn’t mean we as a country have solved the problem. In fact, I’m tremendously troubled by the extent of deprivation we’re witnessing in the communities we support.

“In the 12 years of supporting children in need, this is as bad as I’ve seen. We’re now seeing families who have to share a towel between them, who share toothbrushes – one for the adults, one for the children. There is so little left over for necessities that parents are missing meals so their children don’t go without. Plus, more and more families can’t afford basic hygiene items – no shampoo, no deodorant, no sanitary products.”

KidsCan is asking New Zealanders to recognise what an incredibly crucial time this is as there are still thousands of Kiwi kids in need of help. 135,000 children are living in households without 7 or more of the basics they need, including shoes, clothing, and food.

“What we do next will determine the future of this country. New Zealand is at a crossroads. We either keep rallying in support and build on the momentum being achieved lifting the standard of living for all New Zealanders. Or we head down another path - lose our collective resolve and wait for the Government’s social policies to bed in.

“Government policy takes time to form and enact. Any lasting long-term political change won’t happen overnight and children need help today. That’s why KidsCan has a challenge for New Zealanders,” explain Julie Chapman.
“Remember change starts with one, and it’s super charged when one become many. Right now, going into Christmas there are 2590 children waiting for KidsCan’s help. $15 a month that’s all it takes to become a KidsCan monthly donor and make 2018 a year of new beginnings for the 19 schools waiting for help.”

– ENDS –

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels