March Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2016!


In this issue

Submitting on the residential Tenancy Amendment Bill
Auckland Round the Bays
Shoutin' Preachin' fundraiser
Kidkind T-shirts fundraiser
CPAG blog update
Fix Working For Families Campaign
CPAG news update
National Housing Summit
The Equality Network Hui 
Save the date
Collaborative Trusts Annual Hui - Christchurch


Submitting on the Residential Tenancy Amendment bill

Last year CPAG ran a housing campaign with a focus on healthy and affordable rental housing. Together with AAAP, Unite and First union, we walked on a Hikoi for Homes with the message that everyone has a right to access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing.

New Zealand's deteriorating housing conditions, the combined effort of these events and ongoing public pressure has influenced the government's recent deci sion to amend the Residential Tenancy Bill. This was an excellent opportunity to again reiterate our views on improvements to rental housing policies which impact on the outcomes of children. 

CPAG made both a written and oral submission to the Residential Tenancy Select Committee. We also teamed up with Action Station, UNICEF, NZCCSS, NZUSA and the Sustainability Trust to create a easy way for the public to submit on these issues. Thank you to all those participated in the submission process. We really value you voicing your support. 

Auckland Round the Bays

There's still a chance to join us at Auckland Round the Bays on Sunday March 6th. It's going to be a fun day and a great way to combine exercise and support Child Poverty Action Group. We would love you to sign up to our Auckland Round the Bays  CPAG team and help raise funds towards our work in 2016. All running/walking levels welcome.

If you're planning to fundraise over $150, you also get a free CPAG t-shirt, just make sure get in contact with us at with your details as we have limited availability.

Shoutin' Preachin fundraiser

On 23rd January Shoutin' Preachin  organised  a STAND UP! Against Child Poverty Fundraiser - with 5 awesome acts who played in support to raise awareness of child poverty. These acts included Yoko-Zuna, LarzRanda, HEAVY, Omni Potent & Shoutin' Preachin. The night was a great success and we raised over $1200. CPAG is grateful to have had the opportunity to engage and share our kaupapa  with a younger audience. We are thankful for all the amazing supporters of this fundraiser and all the hard work that went in to making it such a memorable night for all. 

Kidkind T-shirts - Fundrasing website   

A range of kids t-shirts has been launched to raise money and awareness for child poverty in New Zealand, available online at our kids into mini, modern day Robin Hoods, the Kidkind collection is about Kiwi kids looking out for each other, standing together against child poverty. A group of talented New Zealand artists have contributed designs, including Beck Wheeler, Otis Frizzell, Kate Hursthouse, Knucklebones Design Co., Guy Bellerby and more.

All proceeds go to Child Poverty Action Group to help fund their work in research, education and advocacy.Kidkind was created by Auckland mum, Rachael Macklin, after the latest Child Poverty Monitor highlighted the extent of the problem and the Children's Commissioner spoke out about the need for public awareness to drive government action and a comprehensive national plan.

CPAG Blog update

Latest posts for January and February

We now have a commenting function 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 would just tenancy laws look like? 

Alan Johnson talking on a rental housing WOF, tenancy laws and tribunals and the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill.


Fix Working for Families campaign - 1st April

On April 1st CPAG will be launching a new public campaign to highlight the desperate need for the government to Fix Working for Families. Although housing is a major player in childrens poor outcomes, adequate incomes is a another major determinate of the outcomes of children and CPAG believes that children shouldn't have to suffer because of the source of parents incomes. 

CPAG has written various research articles over the years on the lack of financial support for  children due to the poorly designed Working for Families package which was introduced in 2006. You may remember CPAG legal action which challenged  the government right up to the Court of Appeal for breaching Part 1A of the Human Rights Act by discriminating against some children due to the source of their parents' income.  

Following on from previous work in this area, we have formulated some clear policy asks which we believe are achievable and would significantly reduce the number of children living below the poverty line.

How you can help? 

We are currently looking for stories from people who previously have or currently receive any Working for Families (WFF) assistance. If you have received the in-work tax credit before we would love to hear about how well it did or didn't work for you. Name and details will be anonymous & confidential and we would like to use your experiences as examples to explain WFF. Please send your stories to or feel free to get in contact for more info. 

CPAG news update

Latest media releases for January and February

Surprise! More money reduces poverty!

Research by the Centre for Global Development on giving cash transfers to poor families found a range of impacts including: lower crime rates, improved child nutrition and child health, lower child mortality, improved school attendance, and declines in teenage pregnancy.

Child Poverty needs to be a priority 

How serious is the government about taking effective measures to reduce child poverty? This is the question which the Child Poverty Action Group poses to the government in the light of the Salvation Army's 2016 State of the Nation report.

Stop the Blame, Shift the Funding

Child Poverty Action Group says that if there's no more Government funding to allocate to schooling, then it is only fair that a greater proportion of current operational funding should be shifted from higher decile schools to lower decile schools with greater needs. 

National Housing Summit -  Auckland       

CPAG is supporting a national housing Summit which is being run by SHAN and Unite Union on Saturday 16th April at 10am. 

Anyone who is interested in discussion around the action of addressing the housing crisis for low and middle income families is welcome.

Date: 16 April
Time: 10am
Location: Western Springs Community hall on Great North Road (opposite Motions Road)

The Equality Network National Hui 2016: Talking So That People Will Listen

The Equality Network is holding a National Hui 2016: Talking So That People Will Listen on the 18th March. The keynote speaker, Anat Shenker-Osorio, one of the world's leading experts on communicating issues such as inequality. Shenker-Osorio, who will be joining via Skype, will explain her ground-breaking research on what works and what doesn't when it comes to convincing the public that inequality is a problem they need to be dealing with.

When: Friday 18 March 2016  
Where:Manurewa Methodist Church, South Auckland
Time: 8.30AM - 4.30PM
More information and to RSVP  please email

Save the date

Post Budget Breakfast 2016

This year CPAG will be hosting a post budget breakfast on Friday 27 May in various centres across the country. Please save the date now. More details will be sent out in the coming months. Our budget breakfasts are one of our biggest annual events and we value the opportunity to  meet and talk with our supporters old and new. We hope you can make an event in your city.

CPAG Summit 2016

The CPAG summit - Welfare Fit for Families in a Changing World was such a success in 2015, CPAG has decided to make it an annual event. The date for the summit is Friday 2nd September at the University of Auckland Business School. More details will be sent out over the next few months. We are looking forward to an exciting line up of speakers who will  offer solutions to repair the current defective welfare system.

Collaborative Trusts Annual Hui - Christchurch

An exciting, interactive and practical two days aimed at extending skills of those working with young people to positively impact on youth development and wellbeing! Collaborative Trust for research and training in youth health & development 8th annual hui - More than words -Extending Skills for Youth Development and Wellbeing. 

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 April 2016

Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch

Register now for Early Bird Discount (closes 8 March 2016)  or contact CPAG Christchurch for more information.