Articles 2011

As well as producing high quality independant research, CPAG provides shorter peices of commentary on issues related to child poverty. Many of these are also published in print media and online.

Parents or workers?

By Alan JohnsonIt is a great shame that the interests of children have not been at the centre of New Zealand’s family focused policies. This failure to place children at the centre is in part the result of our present policy paradigm which sees parents primarily as employed or unemployed workers rather than as the carers and nurturers of our greatest treasure – our children.


The parallel universe of the Welfare Working Group

By Donna Wynd and Associate Professor Susan St John. “One of the most unenlightened work ever to emerge from a government-funded taskforce” The Welfare Working Group’s final report, Reducing Long Term Benefit Dependency, 2011, is arguably one of the most unenlightened pieces of work ever to emerge from a government-funded taskforce. Most submissions were ignored, revealing that much of the consultation process was simply a public relations exercise.


Punitive policies punishing families

By Associate Professor Susan St John. Our welfare and tax credit policies for supporting low income families are deeply contradictory and out of step with the nature of relationships and the labour market in the 21st century.


Child poverty and child rights meet active citizenship

By Associate Professor Mike O'Brien & Tapio Salonen. Children’s rights and active citizenship have been significant policy emphases and developments in recent years but the relationship between the two has not been actively explored in relation to the implications for child poverty. Recent policy developments in New Zealand and Sweden are drawn on here to explore this relationship. The article argues that an emphasis on active citizenship does not lead to improvement of rights for all children. Too many children are left in poverty because active citizenship is focused on the lives of adults, not the needs and rights of children. Advancing children’s rights requires attention to the position of all children, not just those who live in households where the adults meet active citizenship requirements.