The latest: Prevention: The Best Way To Address Child Poverty

Prevention: The Best Way To Address Child Poverty (May 2015)
Associate Professor Mike O'Brien

The government has signalled that its main approach to child poverty is to concentrate on a small subset of poor children who live in ‘complex’ families with multiple needs. By contrast, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) believes that a comprehensive preventative approach is needed, not one that concentrates on responding to the worst outcomes of child poverty and deprivation and then only once these conditions have become patently obvious with families living in cars or casualties of our health and welfare systems that they can no longer be ignored.

An overview of New Zealand's Housing (May 2015)
Alan Johnson

New Zealand’s housing story is not one but several.  There is the story of changing housing tenure, changing housing affordability and variable housing supply.  But these stories are themselves quite different depending on where you are placed in the housing market.  A tenant faces a different set of challenges than those faced by a landlord and a new home owner is often more affected by market changes than an established owner.   In addition, the housing fortunes of each of the regions of New Zealand have tended to be vastly different on account of local economic conditions, and population growth, and in Canterbury’s case, natural disasters.  This complexity means that it is difficult to present a single narrative about housing in New Zealand and almost as difficult to avoid framing housing issues and conditions from just one perspective.

More Income Is Required To Improve The Health Of Poor Children (May 2015) 
Professor Innes Asher

With 260,000 of Aotearoa’s children (24% of all children) living below the poverty line and around 17% of all children missing out on many of their basic needs like a good bed, fresh fruit and vegetables, and basic clothing[1], the impact on these children’s quality of life and the long term consequences for our society as a whole, demands immediate attention in this year’s budget.

A step change for children: Fix Working for Families (April 2015)
Associate Professor Susan St John

This Policy Briefing focuses on family incomes policies, particularly the tax-funded support for low income children.  A foundation of agreed principles is needed for a strong, united voice to emerge and for the government to hear clearly what changes are required.  While this has been a stumbling block in the past, it should be easy for all to agree to the principle of equality of treatment. All New Zealand children count and are all equally deserving of our care and financial support when the parental income is inadequate to give their children the chance of a healthy and fulfilling life.