The latest: Priorities for family housing
CPAG publishes a range of reports on topics relating to children. These can be downloaded here for free.
Background papers - A New Zealand where children can flourish
Children and the Living Wage (February 2017)
Kathryn’s Story: How the Government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have (June 2016)
Welfare fit for families: Summit Proceedings (Oct 2015)
is the most recent research publication from Child Poverty Action Group. Child poverty and child disability are inextricably linked - children with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty than other children and much of this is to do with indifferent policy and indifferent policy makers.The research looks at the current status of support programmes for families with disabled children noting that access to support payments has been cut over the past five years while the needs of families and the rights of disabled children continue to be overlooked by policy makers.
New Zealand's social security framework is based on outdated ideas of the nature of relationships and too often fails to protect the needs of children in the 21st century.
CPAG published a series of CPAG policy papers, called Our Children, Our Choice in the lead up to the 2014 election with recommendations for policy change to alleviate child poverty.
CPAG's third monitoring report says a lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children.
CPAG's second monitoring report on benefit sanctions says the welfare of children affected by sanctions remains a deep concern.
Child Poverty Action Group commissioned MMResearch, in association with Research Now to conduct an online survey sampling 1013 members of the New Zealand public in order to more fully understand people's attitudes and perceptions about child poverty. The survey was designed to be representative of the New Zealand public aged 18 years and over. The results have been post weighted by region, gender and age.
CPAG's latest research shows transience is a significant issue for low decile Auckland schools. One principal referred to his school as having "a revolving door".
Child Abuse & Poverty: What are the links? (2013)
Excerpt: The 2013 Budget is the present National Government’s fifth budget and comes at a time when New Zealand is emerging from the worst economic recession since the 1930’s. This recession has tended to frame not only this and preceding budgets but the whole fiscal stance of the Government. The Minister of Finance Bill English has consistently identified his desire to return the Government’s finances back to surplus by 2015 and this budget more or less fulfils this ambition for him.
Empty Food Baskets: Food Poverty in Whangarei ( March 2012)
The results of this research show a frightening picture for too many children in Whangarei. In a country that has long been a major food producer it is scandalous that so many report going without food in order to make ends meet. The fact that this is the experience of so many New Zealand children makes the scandal even worse.
Left Further Behind: how policies fail the poorest children in New Zealand, is an urgent call for policy changes that provide solutions to child poverty. this is CPAG's flagship publication and well worth reading.
In this latest research by Donna Wynd, we look at how too many children start their day without food. This lack of food at the start of the day affects children at the start of the day and is a major barrier to their learning, and social progress and development.
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pleased to publish this monograph ‘What work counts? Work incentives and sole parent families’. Its findings raise important policy issues for New Zealand society.
Edited by Dr Susan St John and Donna Wynd, and written by a range of experts this report outlines how increasing inequalities are harmful to children and society at large - and what to do about it. Download the report here, or write to email@example.com to request a copy (~180pages).
A chapter written by Dr Susan St John, CPAG family incomes spokesperson, in the Otago University Press publication "Health inequalities and need in Aotearoa New Zealand".
This Child Poverty Action Group report presents a picture of widespread food insecurity in our food-producing nation. However the report says an adequate, nutritious diet can reverse most of the harm this causes to children's health and development. It recommends at the very least, the introduction of quality breakfast programmes in decile one to three schools.
Workfare: Not fair for kids? (2005)
Mike O'Brien reviews compulsory work policies and their effects on children.
Cut price kids (2004)
In CPAG's incomes monograph Susan St John and David Craig ask whether the 'Working for Families' package works for children.
Room for improvement: Current New Zealand housing policies and their implications for our children (2003)
In-depth analysis of the background and consequences of the 1990s housing reforms for New Zealand children.
Our children: The priority for policy (2nd edition, 2003)
The first official publication of the Child Poverty Action Group, Our Children: The Priority for Policy, was published in early 2001. This new edition updates Our Children and reflects on the events and progress of the intervening two years. Read the speeches from the launch here.
The irony of NCEA: How compulsory exam fees prevent the achievement of students from poor families (2003)
The findings of in-depth interviews with 11 low decile schools about the impact NCEA exam fees had on their students. While there was unanimous support amongst schools for the NCEA as a national qualification, the report concludes that many students in the poorest areas were disadvantaged and discouraged from completing the cornerstone qualification because of the high levels of fees.
A report prepared by housing expert Alan Johnson, on the scale of transience in South Auckland, one of the poorest areas of New Zealand.The results of the survey suggest that in South Auckland the equivalent to a middle sized New Zealand primary school shifts every week of the school year. This impacts on almost a third of all low decile school children.
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