May 2018: Post Budget Breakfast series

Wellington - Auckland - Whangarei - Christchurch - Nelson

Download the 2018 Budget Analysis Summary 

Budget 2018: A first step - but not a transformation for children

This Budget contains many good measures, but none of them will transform the lives of the large number of children in very severe poverty today. While there is promise of more to come in the future following expert advisory groups’ feeding back, these children cannot wait. While the government has made a commitment to children being the first priority, the money needs to be delivered - the money is available. While the budget delivers much to applaud: better access for low income families to primary healthcare; housing; social services, and critical infrastructure. However, it does not reflect the enormity of the income and wealth

The family poverty inherited from the last decade of entrenched poor policies, sheer neglect or deliberate attacks on living standards won’t be fixed overnight. We get that. We know the PM has solving CP at her core and her values and integrity are the best thing that has happened to children for a very, very long time. 

Post Budget Breakfast Series 2018 - presentations & slides



David Parker (Assoc Minister of Finance): Presented the 2018 Budget.

Hon Assoc Prof Susan St John: CPAGs economics spokesperson- download her speech here

Len Cook: CPAG associate, Families Commisioner. 

Nelson (23 May)

MC - Peter Verstappen

Associate Professor Mike O'Brien: CPAG Spokesperson for Social Security- Download slides here.

Lisa LawrenceKaiwhakahaere/Manager Motueka Family Service Centre- Download her speech here.

Katie O'DonnellManager Nelson Women's and Children's Refuge Services- Download her speech here.


Mihi Whakatau - Alan Johnson


Steve Poletti: Senior Economics lecturer at Auckland University- Download slides here.

Dr Rhys Jones: Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland- Download slides here.

Prof Innes Asher: Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland and CPAG's children's health spokesperson- Download slides here.

View the livestream recording here:

Whangarei (23 May)


Assoc Prof Susan St John: CPAG spokesperson on economics & incomes. - Slides available here

Huhana Lyndon of Te Matarau Education Trust

Rebecca Hooker of the RAID Movement

Debbie and Ngahau Davis of He Iwi Kotahi Tatou and Te Mana o Ngapuhi Kowhao Rau.

See video by Te Hiku TV - Haukāinga of Associate Professor Susan St John talking about the latest changes to Government spending on children's tax credits and how they'll impact on families.

Christchurch - Post Budget Podcast


Jane Higgins: She has a background in academia. Her research speciality is youth in transition.

Paul Dalziel: Professor of Economics at Lincoln University and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University- Download slides here.

Lucy D'Aeth: Public health specialist for the Canterbury District Health Board. She has worked in community development and health promotion for over 30 years.

Christina McKerchar: Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Otago and a nutritionist. Christina is completing a PhD about food availability for Māori children and whether the right to healthy food is realised for Māori children in their lived environments.

Podcasts featuring our speakers are courtesy of Speak Up - Kōrerotia​ and Plains FM.

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