Report Launch: Further fraying of the welfare safety net

The launch of CPAG's latest report: Further fraying of the welfare safety net was held at the Ellen Melville Centre in Auckland on 18 December 2017.

Over the last nine years, significant changes have been made to the already unravelling welfare system. The content  in this report focuses on changes to welfare benefits, the Working for Families (WFF) package, and social security legislation and regulation.

The lack of an adequate welfare safety net has had a devastating impact on children's outcomes and families' ability to be financially secure.Why are we seeing a more complex and punitive system that is unable to provide for families and children? 

The event registrations were filled up and we are pleased to say there was a full house at the venue. Attendees and speakers convened afterwards for tea and coffee to discuss the report and hopes for reparation thirty years of damage, under a new Government who is committed to reducing child poverty. 

CPAG authors introduced the report:

Dr Gerry Cotterell: Co-author of the report. Gerry has a long standing  interest in the welfare reforms that have occurred since the 1980s in New Zealand.

Hon Assoc Prof Susan St John: Co- author of the report, and founding member of CPAG and spokesperson on economics and incomes. 

Our wonderful and inspiring guest speakers shared insights of real life consequences of these changes to the welfare system, and their hopes for a better future for families and whanau:

Auimatagi Joe Moeono-Kolio, Caritas

Helen Robinson, Auckland City Mission

Vanessa Cole, AAAP

Click here to download the report.

"He kai tahu me kikini, he kai tahu me tīhore, mā te tamaiti te iho” 
"Pinch off a bit, peel off a bit, the inside is for the child
” (said of the potted bird)