Wellington political forum
On 26th July 2017 Wellington CPAG and Tick for Kids held a joint Child Poverty Political Forum. We had around 150 people attend the forum and it was really well received. Candiates were asked to answer three questions relating to child poverty issues. The questions were followed by a Q&A disscussion with the audience.
The forum was chaired by Tony Dowell, Professor of Primary Health Care and General Practice and Head of Department of Obsterics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago in Wellington. The Kaumatua was Toa Waaka.
We heard from politcal party candidates inlcuding Darroch Ball (NZ First), Carmel Sepuloni (Labour), Jan Logie (Green Party), Hekia Parata (National Party) and Chris McKenzie (Māori Party)
The 3 questions asked to candiates were:
Child hospital admissions for poverty related preventable diseases is a marker of the effects of child poverty in NZ. What policy changes is your party planning to implement to reduce the annual number of child hospital admissions for poverty related preventable diseases from 40,000 to 20,000 (50%) by 2022?
Question 2 What plans does your party have to address housing affordabilty and availability for low income households? What plan does your party have to address rental housing quality and better rights for tenants living in rental properties?
Question 3 By the measures of the Child Poverty Monitor Nearly 30% (295,000) of NZ children live in households with inadequate income for their needs, and 14% (155,000) of our children live in households in significant material hardship. What does your party intend to do about this to improve the situation for our children in greatest need?