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Show your support on petitions

CPAG regularly partners up with other organisations to create and/or support petitions to the government when there is an issue that affects children. A petition is a strong active tool that helps contribute to policy change. It is a way to let parliament know the large numbers of people concerned about a particular issue. 

Action Station Petition - Help Kiwi kids get the best start in life

When you sign this petition you are telling the government you (and others who have signed) want to end child and family poverty. 

What is the petition asking? That the government:

1. Enable every child to get a good start in the early years by ensuring parents have all the resources they need (income, affordable housing, education, health)
2. Develop and implement a national strategy to ensure every child their rights to health, education, safety and participation (using a child-rights framework to do this)
3. Work in partnership with communities to ensure every child and family thrives (e.g. enabling community-led initiatives to engage residents in local action for children and well-funded community hubs with improved services for children’s well-being including budgeting, nutrition, adult literacy and parenting education)."

AAAP petition - Stop the sanctions

When you sign this petition you are telling the government you (and others who have signed) want to end sanctions on our most vulnerable mothers and children. 

Why should you sign?

These sections impose a weekly sanction of $22 or more on beneficiary sole mothers who have not identified the father of their child. This sanction (in its current form of Section 70A of the Social Security Act) is putting into further hardship families already struggling to survive. 

Currently there are approximately 17,000 children in Aotearoa New Zealand for which this sanction is imposed. Of the 13,616 parents, 13,298 are women, and only 318 are men. 52.8% are Māori. This policy severely disproportionately effects women and Māori. 

What is the petition asking? That the government:

Remove Sections 176, 177, 178 from the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill which enable sanctions on the benefits of thousands of sole mothers and their children.