May 2015: Post Budget Breakfast Series

CPAG 2015 Budget analysis

Each year, CPAG brings together a team of experts to take an indepth look at the government’s 2015 budget. We analysed government spending in the crucial areas of health, education, social security and family incomes, as well as the big picture distributional issues. 

Budget Analysis Summary - Full Budget analysis coming soon

The annual Budget is an opportunity to focus policies on the wellbeing of children and the general health of communities. In a time of recovery the children must be the first priority, so it is heartening to see in Budget 2015 the first real increase in beneficiary incomes since 1972. The changes are part of a $790 million package which targets up to 200,000 of the worst off families and includes extra cash for beneficiaries with children and some families on Working for Families. This increase recognises families reliant on benefit income have fallen behind other households. More money is welcome. An increase of $25 a week will make a real difference to a family’s ability to provide the basics for their children.

Post Budget Breakfast Presentations and Speeches


Associate Professor Susan St John

Alan Johnson

Dr Hirini Kaa


Dr Brian Easton

Deborah Morris-Travers


Professor Paul Dalziel and live video recording


CPAG Media Releases

2015 Budget signals important change in approach to child poverty

Child Poverty Action Group says  it is heartening to see the first real increase in beneficiary incomes since 1972 announced in Budget 2015.

Budget must ensure families have enough income to provide for children

The 2015 budget must address the issue of adequate income for families if the government is serious about reducing child poverty in New Zealand, says the Child Poverty Action Group.

CPAG Media Coverage

TVNZ: Child poverty groups welcome rise in benefits for poor familes 

Dunedin TV: Local child poverty group say latest welfare changes aren't enough

Northern Advocate: Budget 2015: Mixed news for poorest families & Budget 2015: Child poverty package 'just the start'

Waatea News: Cash the key for poor families

Radio New Zealand: Changes to working for families 

TV3: Poverty package a 'step forward' but not enough

NZ Herald: Child poverty group says Budget announcement just the first step & Child poverty campaigners warn against tax cuts 

TV3- Paul Henry: Is the Government doing enough to tackle child poverty?


Briefing Papers 

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

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

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

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