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


UNICEF NZ Welcomes Child Poverty Proposals

UNICEF NZ (United Nations Children’s Fund)
Media Release
Tuesday 28 August, 2012

UNICEF NZ Welcomes Child Poverty Proposals

With confirmation from the Ministry of Social Development last week that inequality in New Zealand is at its highest ever level, UNICEF NZ believes it is good news that the Children’s Commissioner will recommend strategies to the Government to reduce child poverty.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director at UNICEF NZ, is confident that the investment approach to alleviating poverty for children (recommended by the Expert Advisory Group that reported to the Children’s Commissioner in the Issues and Options Paper) is the right way to address the persistent poverty that costs our nation over $6b per year in remedial services and even more in lost opportunity and potential.

Mr McKinlay said, “We are encouraged that this paper proposes short term strategies which, given political will, could reasonably quickly begin to benefit the interests of all New Zealanders.

“Targets to reduce poverty; a Child Poverty Act to establish how we measure poverty; reforming the tax credits and having benefits linked to inflation; feeding children in schools; improving housing; and ensuring better access to health and child care services and flexibility in models of delivery can all go a long way to getting it right for every child.”

Longer term solutions such as a universal benefit for every child up to six years old and improving the quality and variety of health care were viable proposals and longitudinal studies to assess the impact of changes are needed.

This echoes the recent unified statement of a large group of NGO’s in a recent *Briefing Paper collated by UNICEF NZ. The group agreed that child poverty, inequality, support for families and priority to investment in children are at the core of enhancing child wellbeing and building a better future.
The Expert Advisory Group also noted the importance of decent affordable housing - 70% of all children in poverty live in rental accommodation. Often this is low-grade and inadequate, contributing to a wider range of problems including health. There is also a shortage of housing, with Auckland alone needing an extra 10-15,000 extra homes.
“We have one chance to get it right for every child,” Mr McKinlay said. “If we fail the 25% of children who live in poverty now, we are storing up intractable problems for the future which will have far-reaching consequences for our country’s future health and prosperity.”
There is opportunity for comment on the EAG/ Children’s Commissioner proposals until 12 October. Revisions and costings will be completed before the final report goes to Government in December.
*Briefing paper “All Children thriving, belonging, achieving, – what will it take? (Unicef NZ July 2012) responding to Government’s Green Paper for Vulnerable Children


UNICEF is on the ground in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is a charity funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Every $1 donated to us is worth at least $10 in the field thanks to the way we work in partnership with governments, local NGOs and other partners - www.unicef.org.nz

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>


Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>


NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels