Join us for CPAG's biggest launch for the year! Tues 9 Sept

Full Series of Our Children, Our Choice with a special focus on incomes

Our Children, Our Choice brings together five policy papers by on health, ECE, compulsory education, housing and household incomes.  Each paper gives an overview of the current situation for the poorest children in New Zealand and makes key recommendations on policies to reduce child poverty and mitigate its effects.  

Edited by M. Claire Dale, Mike O'Brien & Susan St John with contributions from Innes Asher, Nikki Turner, John O'Neill, Jenny Ritchie, Alan Johnson, Mike O'Brien & Susan St John, this report is a must read for anyone interested in turning the tide on New Zealand's terrible child poverty statistics.

These are our children - this is our choice.  

Please join us for refreshments, great speakers and a discussion of the issues, solutions and further action for change.

 AUCKLAND: Friendship House, Manukau, 6.30pm

Speakers: Susan St John (QSO): Joint editor of Our Children, Our Choice and CPAG's economics spokesperson. Susan also co-authored the report's chapter on incomes.

Fa'anana Efeso Collins:  Member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Auckland City Council.  Efeso is well known for his work with Pasifika youth and is an outspoken social commentator and broadcaster.

Plus comments from other contributing authors followed by discussion


WELLINGTON: St John's in the City, 5.30pm


Brian Easton, Respected New Zealand economist, well known for his economic commentary including columns in the Listener.

M Claire Dale, Chief editor of Our Children, Our Choice and founder of the Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust.

Plus comments from grassroots community speakers followed by discussion



Get you copy of the of the full report!


 The full report will be available online from on Tuesday 9 September.  Hard copies can be ordered for $20 each - please email to get yours. A must-have for child advocates, policy makers, social service providers, academics, consultants, and anyone interested in ending child poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.  



Child Poverty Action Group's latest flagship publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party agreement to underpin an action plan to reduce child poverty in New Zealand. Childhood poverty has lifelong consequences on health, education, and social and economic participation.

 CPAG believes child poverty is a moral and ethical issue and every sector of the community must work together to improve the wellbeing of our children. It is not inevitable that a quarter of New Zealand children should grow up in poverty. 

As a society, we could choose a different outcome - as New Zealand did in the past and as other countries do.  We could protect our children from hardship as we protect our elderly. These are our children - this is our choice.