CPAG November newsletter

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

In this issue

Hikoi for Homes - Sat 21 Nov
Fundraising concert for the Hikoi - Sat 21 Nov
 Film Screening "A place to call home" - Wed 18th Nov
CPAG blog update
CPAG news update
Thank you to supporters

Hikoi for Homes -  Sat 21 Nov - reminder

A huge thank you to those who have been helping us spread the word about this event already! Please continue to share, so we can get as much support as possible on the day.

Auckland event will take place  from 12pm-3.30pm and will begin in Glen Innes and end at Orakei Domain Wellington event will start in Cuba Street 1pm walking to Civic Square.

Christchurch event will meet at 12pm at 9 Buckleys Road (carpark opposite Eastgate Shopping Centre), Linwood More information on transport, meeting locations and times is on our website and facebook event pages.

Fundraising concert for the Hikoi - Sat 21 Nov

On the same day as the Hikoi, you also have the opportunity to attend a wonderful community fundraising concert in Auckland. Or, if you are unable to attend the Hikoi but still want to show your support please come along to this entertaining musical evening.

Ticket Price: $20
Date: Sat 21 November
Time: 6pm-8pm
Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road/Cnr Seymour Street, (Opposite DIDA's) 'Music from the Classic, Jazz and Beyond'

A Community Event by musical Friends

Violin: Arthur Ranford
Viola: Richard Yu
Violincello: Brigitte Sistig
Flute: Lisianne Hoch
Clarinet: Susan Hatters Friedman
Saxophone: Susan Hatters Friedman
Piano: Richard Yu
Soprano: Cecile Baude
Alto: Marie-Christine Deslandres
Tenor: Allan Patterson
Special Guest: Italian Pianist Flavio Villani (featured at the 2015 International Film Festival) The concert is followed by light refreshments courtesy of DIDA's food store.

"A place to call home" film screening to support the Hikoi for Homes

As a supporting Auckland event for the Hikoi for Homes, CPAG is hosting a film screening of "A place to call home" directed by Briar March.

We would love you to attend and please share the flyer.

State housing is a system of public housing in New Zealand and for more than three generations low-income families have been renting state homes. Now the government is selling off a third of its stock. Set in New Zealand's state house neighbourhood Glen Innes, an eastern suburb of Auckland, and Kaitaia, a poor rural area in the Far North, "A place to call home" documents the destruction of one community and the birth of another.

Event Details
Where: St Heliers Presbyterian Church - Centennial Hall
When: Wednesday 18th November at 7:00pm
Entry by koha
Refreshments provided
Film followed by a Q&A

CPAG Blog update

Latest posts for October and November

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!

Poor Kiwi kids should not have to rely on charity to get ahead at school - John O'Neill

A recent New Zealand Herald article showed how children and their families in the Manaiakalani Education Trust cluster of low-decile schools are benefitting from philanthropic funding to provide low-cost digital technology and learning opportunities they simply could not otherwise afford. The story is inspiring and heartwarming. It appears to be making a real difference to these children's and parents' lives.

What do decile ratings tell us? - John O'Neill

Over the last couple of years, the Minister of Education has regularly been reported as stating that the decile rating and funding systems are 'well-intentioned but clumsy'. This may be true of the decile funding system (which is politically driven). It is not true of the decile rating system (which is evidence-based). It is important not to confuse the two.

CPAG news update

Latest submissions for October and November

Submission on increasing the minimum wage in 2015

Submission on parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months' Paid Leave and Work Contact Hours) Amendment Bill

Thank you to our generous supporters and fundraisers

We would like to acknowledge some of our generous supporters and fundraisers who  have made donations towards our work in the last few months. We are continually  humbled by each individual and groups generosity when choosing to help fund our  research, education and advocacy in working towards eliminating child poverty.

We would like to thank all the puppeteers who performed in the Out of the Suitcase Puppet Festival (Oct 1- 5th, Island Bay, Wellington) as they donated 10% of their proceeds from ticket sales to CPAG. The Puppet Festival was organized by Anna Bailey, Ray Beals, Norbert Hausberg, Leda Farrow and Rose Beauchamp. We would like to thank a class from James Cook High School for holding a fundraiser and donating the profits to CPAG. Wellington High School kindly donated to CPAG after having a speaker come and talk to their school. We have also received some wonderful donations from anonymous individuals whose support we greatly appreciate.