CPAG October Newsletter

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

In this issue

CPAG summit - Welfare fit for families
Lifewise Campaign
Wellington Island Bay Puppet show
Dunedin healthy and affordable housing event
Hikoi for Homes - Everyone deserves a home 21 Nov 
Fundraising concert for the Hikoi - 21 Nov
Management Committee  volunteer role
CPAG blog update
CPAG news update

CPAG Summit - Welfare fit for families 

The CPAG summit 'Welfare fit for families' on the 8th September was a valuable and productive experience with an impressive array of intelligent, informed and sincere speakers.  We wish to thank everybody who attended and spoke on the day. There was a strong connection among  attendees and it became clear that the  network of child poverty advocates were unified the sharedpurpose of reforming the  current system. CPAG is working hard on publishing the proceedings and hope to have them available on the website soon.  Please visit our website for a video of the morning speakers and the conference pack.

Lifewise Campaign

Throughout September CPAG has been supporting a @Lifewise campaign to raise the age of foster care from 17-21 #WeDontStopCaring. In New Zealand, young people leave state care on their 17th birthday. When most teenagers are worrying about things like exams, state wards are left scrambling for somewhere to live and  support. With few support networks, nowhere to go and immense barriers to acquire an essential ID card , Lifewise sees many 17 year olds who have become homeless. Please help us show that #WeDontStopCaring when our young people turn 17 and sign the petition to raise the age for support from 17 to 21. 

Wellington Island Bay Puppet Show

Out of the Suitcase (OOTS) Puppet Festival, celebrates the universal language of puppetry with a gathering of puppeteers from around the country. The festival encompasses a wide variety of puppetry styles and traditions. This year they are kindly donating 10% of profits to CPAG.Check out the website for more details on show bookings and free events.

Out of the Suitcase (OOTS) Puppet Festival

Dates:  Thur 1st Oct -  Mon 5th Oct

Location: Island Bay - Wellington  

Dunedin healthy and affordable housing event

This community event as a follow on from CPAG's healthly affordable housing campaign event is for anyone with an interest in housing and poverty. Come along and learn about the links between poverty, housing, health and fuel, and hear about solutions.

Date: 16 Oct
Time: 1.30pm -3pm
Location : Carisbrook Primary School Hall, 217 South Rd., Caversham


Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull- the Cosy Homes Project
Fatima McKague - PhD candidate, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago - "Voices of the fuel poor: the cold truth - Understanding energy hardship in New Zealand"
Nicola Liebergreen - Assistant Research Fellow, University of Otago - "Out in the cold" 

Download the poster here

Hikoi for homes - Everyone deserves a home 21 Nov 2015

Child Poverty Action Group would like to invite you, your friends, family and networks to join our Hikoi for Homes. After weeks of preparation and organisation, we are excited to announce the hikoi for homes is really happening in both Auckland and Wellington (and possibly elsewhere if there is  interest  and energy)on 21 November including performances, speeches and other events.

TheAuckland event will take place  from 12noon -3.30pm and will begin in Glen Innes and end at Britomart/Queen Elizabeth Square. The Wellington event will start in Cuba Street 1pm-2.30pm walking to Civic Square.

More information on our website and facebook event pages. Please join the event and invite all your friends!

If there are groups within other cities who have the resources to hold a Hikoi for Homes on the 21 Nov please email  and we can talk further on how to get action within your own community and help from CPAG in Auckland. 

Fundraising concert for the hikoi - 21 Nov

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

Register for the concert here

Ticket Price: $20 
Date: 21 November
Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: 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 in the film Crossing Rachmaninov)

 -  The concert Followed by light refreshments - 

Management Committee:  volunteer role opening

CPAG reputation has grown stronger in recent years because of our consistent and rigorous evidence-based research which guides our key messages and advocacy. Not known to many is that our organisation has remained small and we continue to have the support of many hands on volunteers.

CPAG Management Committee is seeking someone who could take up  the role of CPAG Convenor. The role could be also be split between two people. The ideal person would have previous NGO management experience and share the kaupapa of CPAG. This role is approx 15-20 hours a week and currently voluntary.

If you are interested, have the skills and experience, please contact the CPAG office on  (09) 302 5260 or for more information. 

CPAG Blog update

Latest posts for August and September

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!

Government-commissioned report makes a strong case for a rental WOF Elinor Chisholm, of He Kainga Oranga

 A rental housing warrant of fitness (WOF) sets out a list of fundamental features of a safe and healthy house. If a house fails any component of the WOF, it's not fit for people to live in.

Child poverty - a medical student's perspective Frances Oliver 

Guest Blogger Frances Oliver is a fifth year medical student at The University of Auckland and a General Executive of the Paediatric Interest Group.   She recently shared some experiences from her paediatrics attachment at a CPAG and Auckland University Medical Students Association event.  Patient details have been changed for confidentiality. 

CPAG news update

Latest media releases for August and September

Low income students locked out of tertiary education as costs rise

Child Poverty Action Group says the increasing costs facing all students are effectively locking poor students out of tertiary education.

Poor families at back of the queue for decent housing

Urgent action is needed to make sure families have healthy and affordable homes, says the Child Poverty Action Group.

Child Hardship Bill: Flawed policy fails to remove discrimination

CPAG has urged the Social Services Select Committee to remember New Zealand's obligations under UNCROC to look after the best interests of the child ahead of other objectives like incentivising work.

Address underlying causes of child neglect and abuse to keep children safe 

The Child Poverty Action Group says the Government must address the underlying causes of child abuse and neglect to keep children safe in our communities.

CPAG Summit - Welfare fit for families in a changing world

CPAG has consistently called for policy which puts the best interests of the child at centre and says almost all social policy would look different if children's needs took priority.

Time to raise age of fostercare

Child Poverty Action Group is supporting a campaign to raise the age of state care from 17 to 21 and says it is unrealistic to expect a 17 year old to be completely independent.