Kathryn's Story

KATHRYN'S STORY How the Government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have.

Kathryn's Story is a powerful account of the detrimental and unjustified treatment of one woman by the justice and welfare systems. The result is an unfair and ongoing persecution for trying to provide the best care for her children. Her charges are based on the welfare system's outdated definition of "relationship" and highlight the long term suffering she and her vulnerable children have experienced.

Date: 1 July

Time: 10.30-11.30am
Location: Womens Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn


Susan St John: Susan is a founding member of CPAG and CPAG spokesperson on economics. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Economics Department, University of Auckland and the director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Susan is one of the authors of the 2014 report The complexities of 'relationship' in the welfare system and their consequences for children. 

 Leonie Morris: Auckland Women's Centre - Centre Manager. She has an MA in Social Policy which focussed on women and single mothers. Her two main concerns are finding solutions to violence against women, and poverty amongst mothers and children in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Catriona MacLennan: Author of Kathryn's Story. Catriona is an expert in family and domestic violence and benefit law and earlier acted for Kathryn in court proceedings. She is a barrister, journalist and social activist. Catriona also presented CPAG's 2014 six-part television series Child Poverty in Aotearoa - Tackling Inequality 2014.

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