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.
See below for examples of our previous petitions.
Action Station Petition - Help Kiwi kids get the best start in life
People who signed this petition told the government you (and others who have signed) they want to end child and family poverty.
The petition asked the government to:
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)."
Auckland Action Against Poverty petition - Stop the sanctions
People who signed this petition told the government you (and others who signed) that they want to end sanctions on mothers and children.
At that time, these sections imposed a weekly sanction of $22 or more on beneficiary sole mothers who had not identified the father of their child. This sanction (in the form of Section 70A of the Social Security Act) put already struggling families into further hardship.
At the time of the petition there were approximately 17,000 children in Aotearoa New Zealand for which this sanction was imposed. Of the 13,616 parents, 13,298 were women, and only 318 weremen. 52.8% were Māori. This policy severely disproportionately effected women and Māori.
The petition asked the government to remove Sections 176, 177, 178 from the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill which enabled sanctions on the benefits of thousands of sole mothers and their children.