February Newsletter

Kia ora and welcome to Child Poverty Action Group New Zealand's monthly round-up of our news and views.To view a formatted version with pictures click here

In this issue
Child Poverty Action in 2015
CPAG Dunedin
Hector's Great Walk fundraiser
Children's Day
Round the Bays Auckland
Submission on Budget policy statement
Coming soon | 'It shouldn't be this hard' | A new report on children, poverty and disability

Child Poverty Action in 2015

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2015! We are looking forward to 2015 being a big year of change and we have many exciting things coming up around the country that we're looking forward to sharing with you.  We need your support to help share our messages and raise awareness of child poverty.  This may be a good chance to talk with a friend or family member about the sad reality for children who live in poverty. Please forward them this email, show them our website or invite them along to one of our events.

Other ways you can be an active CPAG supporter this year include:

  • Invite a CPAG speaker to your event.  Fill out our speaker request form here
  • Share information about child poverty at a local event or market. We can send you some flyers, info sheets and resources - just email   
  • Download our research, articles and presentations to help with your own projects, talks or presentations
  • Follow and Like us on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts with your networks.
  • Challenge our political leaders to tackle child poverty | Write to your local MP, Cabinet Ministers or the PM 
  • Take an active part in the debate on child poverty.  If you're not happy with how the media is covering child poverty or think there's an issue they need to look at, write a letter to the editor or comment online.

CPAG Dunedin

We're delighted that a new CPAG group is starting up in Dunedin this year which will represent us for local activities and events. The coordinator is Emily Keddell who has a strong background in family social work  at the University of Otago. If you live in Otago and would like to receive mailings about upcoming local events or news, please update your contact details on the bottom of this email, follow the instructions to add yourself to the Otago network or email  and ask to be added to the list.

Hector's Great Walk

The team here at CPAG  would like to say a huge congratulations to Hector Hines who recently walked the Te Araroa trail in the the South Island from Picton to Bluff (1200km) in 40 days. Hector used the walk as an opportunity to generate awareness about the unacceptable level of child poverty in New Zealand and to fundraise for CPAG. Along the way he came across many challenges and many beautiful locations but overall he found his personal journey a valuable one. To see more pictures and videos of all the highs and lows of his walk, 

Check out his facebook page!!!

We felt honoured that Hector took on such a huge challenge to help speak out on behalf of the 260,000 children living in poverty and to support CPAG's work.  If you'd like to run a fundraiser for us, or have a wonderful way to let people know about child poverty in New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you! 

Treasure all children on Children's Day

Childrens Day is this Sunday 1st of March and the theme this year is to "treasure our children". Sadly life can be a struggle for many families and some children don't feel like they are treasured. 

 "Our nation's children are our greatest asset and our most precious treasure"  

We'll be sharing this message through our networks and on social media - and we hope you will share it with all the children in your life too. Head along to the Children's Day website to find out about events in your local area. 

Round the bays

Looking for a new challenge and a way to fundraise for CPAG? The annual Round the Bays walk/run event  is being held in Auckland on Sunday March 8th. This iconic event brings together communities far and wide to support the wonderful work of NZ charities. Child Poverty Action Group would love you to show your support for the work that we do, so take a couple of minutes to sign up here. For collecting donations you can start a fundraising page hereor head over to our givealittle page.  For more info, contact

New CPAG blog 

The CPAG blog features regular posts on all things relating to child poverty. We aim to keep posts relevant, topical and brief, with a focus on the issues other media aren't necessarily covering. 

If you have an idea for a blog, a question you'd really like answered or if you'd like to write a blog post for us on a child poverty-related issue, please contact Gillian at 

 to discuss.

Submission on Budget policy statement

In a recent submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the 

Budget Policy Statement 2015, CPAG says reducing the rate and depth

of child poverty must be the first priority in the 2015 budget. Budget measures need to extend across improving incomes for low income families supported by benefits or wages, tax credits, housing, health, education and increasing the number of adequately paid jobs. CPAG says the budget direction "to reduce income taxes from 2017 with a focus on low and middle-income earners" would prevent the Government finding enough funds to address child poverty and tax cuts would be irresponsible while so many children are affected by poverty. In the submission, CPAG also says highly targeted programmes, which rely on identifying the most disadvantaged or 'vulnerable families' according to set criteria, are likely to miss many children in need and will offer little broad protection.

Save the Date! 19th March 2015

Save the date for 19th March in Auckland, as we will be launching our latest publication - 'It shouldn't be this hard': Children, poverty and disability. This report is a glimpse into the reality of how hard it really is for families who have a child with a disability and who also live with the burden of poverty. 

Event details

Date: 19th March

Location: Potters Park Events Centre -

164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland

Time: 11am -12pm

Guest speakers include Alan Johnson and Colleen Brown and more


 Invites coming soon!