"It shouldn't be this hard": children, poverty and disability Launch

CPAG report "It shouldn't be this hard": Children, Poverty and disability that takes a look into the lives of familes with children who face mulitiple barriers including having a disabilitiy and living in poverty.

CPAG says disabled children are often invisible in discussions about policies that affect them, meaning their rights and interests, and those of their care-givers, are overlooked.

There are around 95,000 disabled children aged 0-14 years in New Zealand.  A 2013 disability survey showed 15% of those children lived in households with incomes under $30,000 compared with 10% of all children.


Alan Johnson

CPAGs co-convenor as well as a social policy analyst with The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliament Unit

Colleen Brown

Colleen has a strong background in local government. She currently chairs Disability Connect in Penrose a Not For Profit organization supporting parents and families with disabled family members. 

Dr Louise Porteous

Louise is a senior developmental paediatrician in South Auckland. Louise sees firsthand the what it life is like for struggling families who have a child or children with disabilities.