CPAG April Newsletter

Kia ora, and welcome to Child Poverty Action Group New Zealand's regular round-up of our news and views. 

In this issue

Post Budget breakfast - Save the Date

Launch of 'It shouldn't be this hard': Children, poverty and disability

Auckland Big Picture Exhibition

CPAG Blog - latest posts

Researchers disappointed by 'disappearing data'

Responsible Lending Code fails to cap high interest rate

Thank you to our supporters.

Action Station campaign

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Save the Date: Nationwide Post Budget Breakfasts 22nd May

Please join us for our nationwide post budget breakfast on the 22nd May to hear how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty. We'll provide child-focused analysis and commentary on the Government's 2015 budget, announced on the 21st. This year we're holding events in Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. Venues, times and speakers will be confirmed in the official invitations.

Launch of 'It shouldn't be this hard': Children, poverty and disability

Disabled children are more likely to live in poverty than other children, increasing the barriers they face to participation and inclusion in society.
On 19th March CPAG launched its latest publication
'It shouldn't be this hard': children, poverty and disabilityThe research looked at support programmes for families with disabled children and showed 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. 

Around 50 guests attended the launch and heard moving presentations from speakers Alan Johnson, Colleen Brown and Dr Louise Porteous.  The new report received extensive media coverage in mainstream media, including an interview with disability advocate Colleen Brown on TV3 News the following day. CPAG was also grateful for the support of UNICEF, IHC, NZEI, the Green Party, NZ Labour and NZ First.  Many thanks to all those who came to the launch and who helped share the report through their networks and on social media.  CPAG is committed to continuing its work on poverty and disability and we are currently planning a project for the coming year.

Auckland Big Picture Exhibition - Opening 23 April

We are delighted to announce that The 'Big Picture' competition entries will be shown in Auckland in late April.  These powerful and thought provoking pictures, showing what a child really needs to thrive, were created by school children for the Big Picture competition last year and were originally exhibited in Wellington. The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to see how young people view child poverty and their ideas on creating a society where no child goes without.The exhibition runs from the 23rd April to the 2nd of May and is being held at Fresh Gallery in Otara, in partnership with the Anglican Trust for Women and Children. More details of the opening are below. We hope to see you there!

Exhibition Opening Date: Thursday 23 April 2015
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Fresh Gallery Shop 5 Fairmall Otara Community Courtyard Auckland
The exhibition runs from 23 April - 2 May Gallery opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 8am-2pm 

Latest blog posts for March

We now have commenting available on our blog, so we encourage you to express
your views and experiences with us. But please remember to keep everything child-friendly!

What will help our poorest children most right now - Susan St John
Susan St John talks about the flaws of the in work tax credit, how it often falls short of its purpose to help low income families, and says the most disadvantaged - our children -  are losing out on the most.

Keeping disabled kids in the shadows - Alan Johnson
Alan talks about the disabled children that are missing out on the disability allowance and how hard it is for any parent to access services for children with disabilities, let alone for those who are also living with the burden of poverty.

I grew up hungry- Why I give to child poverty charities- Guest Blogger Rebekah Sheriff
Rebekah talks about her childhood experiences, and how they have shaped her current views.

Researchers disappointed by 'disappearing data' - Media release

The discontinuation of the Ministry of Social Development's annual statistical report has been a blow to researchers says CPAG and makes the Government's decision making on social issues less transparent.The annual statistical report was last published in 2012 and contained valuable information for researchers and CPAG says the Ministry of Social Development has also stopped publishing other important information such as the annual Social Report and  the New Zealand Journal of Social Policy. Read more on Researchers disappointed by 'disappearing data'.

Responsible Lending Code fails to cap high interest rate - Media Release

The consequences of unmanageable debt are an enduring and pervasive poverty trap says CPAG.  The recent release of the Responsible Lending Code was disappointing as it did not  address the issue of unreasonably high interest rates, says CPAG.  While it is good that lenders will be required to take a more active role when considering the ability of an applicant to repay a loan, and the suitability of the relevant product and any associated insurance contracts, they are not required to refrain from charging usurious interest rates. Read more on Responsible lending code fails to cap high interest rate

Thank you to our supporters!

Thank you to everyone who supported us during the 2014 and 2015 financial year! Our supporters come from all walks of life but they share one thing in common, they want to see an end to child poverty in NZ. We are incredibly grateful for your support, which enables us to  remain a strong and independent voice for children. You make us smile every day. This month we'd like to give special thanks to everyone who responded with such amazing generosity to our anniversary appeal in late March and to those who supported  us through Hector Hines' Great Walk fundraiser.  

Exciting news! Action Station Campaign on child poverty

If you haven't come across Action Station yet, now's the time. This online community has 75,000 members - and in a recent survey they chose child poverty as a top priority issue they want Action Station to campaign on. 

With other experts and advocates on child poverty, Child Poverty Action Group is currently working with Action Station to create a member-led campaign on child poverty to run very soon! We'll keep you posted on the details and please sign up with Action Station if you haven't already and support the growing movement towards a fairer society.