The Child Poverty Reduction Act and its ramifications

CPAG Wellington hosted a guest seminar at the University of Auckland's Wellington offices on Thursday March 7, featuring a talk from John Hancock, a senior advisor to the Human Rights Commission, on the origins of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. John, who was central to the formation of the original Bill discussed the background to the Bill, how it works, why it should work well and to share any concerns or pitfalls to watch out for going forward.

John is an Auckland lawyer who has worked extensively on legal, human rights and policy issues affecting children and young people. He was formerly Principal Adviser (Legal) at the Office of the Children’s Commission and, in that role, advised the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. In 2013, he received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study child poverty legislation in the UK. He practiced for many years as a Youth Advocate in the Auckland Youth Court and as the senior supervising solicitor at YouthLaw. He is also a former Chairperson and Committee member of Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa. He is currently Senior Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission.

For more information download John's presentation slides here.

Video link to come.