May-June 2019: Post Budget event series

CPAG's annual Post Budget events were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 31 May 2019, after the "Wellbeing Budget" was announced on Thursday 30 May. The series of nationwide events held annually provides attendees with the opportunity to understand the Government's annual budgetary allocations through a child-focused lens.

Read CPAG's press release "Budget provides relief but nothing transformational for children in poverty".

Download the 2019 Budget Analysis Summary  

Budget 2019: Improving child wellbeing? Some relief, but no transformation.

We are looking at this budget through the eyes of children in poverty. The government deserves credit for reframing the budget to reflect human wellbeing outcomes. This modernisation is well overdue. The new approach should mean there is a greater understanding of the tragic extent of the social deficits created over years of neglect.

Struggling families will certainly benefit from the extra spending on mental health, domestic violence, Oranga Tamariki, removal of donations pressures and other important changes. But, looking specifically at child poverty, and welfare benefits, there is very little to put the needed dollars into the hands of the families who are so clearly struggling now. The evidence from the social sector, foodbanks and budgeting services is that the Families Package made little difference to many families. CPAG is particularly concerned with the worst off 174,000 children below the AHC line. They have not been given the income boost needed to reverse the damage of years of neglect.

Post Budget Breakfast Series 2019 - presentations & slides

Auckland (31 May) 

Guest MC - Dr Hinemoa Elder


Professor Peter O'Connor: CPAG spokesperson on edcucation. Download Peter's slides here.

Dr Sarah-Jane Paine: Sarah-Jane is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Co-Director of the Tamaiora Research Group.

View the livestream recording here:

CPAG Budget Review 2019 from Slipstream Media.

Wellington (31 May) with the Public Health Association 


Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development: Presented the 2019 Budget.

Dr Ganesh Nana: Ganesh is Executive Director and Chief Economist at BERL, and recently was a member of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group. 

Lee Tuki: Lee is President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand, Kāhui Hauora. Tumatanui. 

Christchurch (31 May)

MC - Peter Verstappen


Associate Professor Mike O'Brien: CPAG Spokesperson for Social Security.

Helen Leahy: Helen is the Chief Executive at Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu - the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island. Download her speech here.

Justine Gillard: Justine's current role is at 298 Youth Health working alongside a group of young adults.

Nelson-Tasman (5 June) with Soroptimists of Aotearoa


Professor Innes Asher ONZM: Paediatrician/CPAG’s children's health spokesperson. Download Innes' slides here.

Max Rashbrooke: Author, journalist and academic

Dunedin (7 June) with ChooseKids


Max Rashbrooke: Author, journalist and academic.

A speaker panel followed Max's presentation, including local service providers & students who discussed the budget's outcomes for their communities.

Whangarei (12 June)

Responding to the ‘Wellbeing Budget’ – Youth assess the Budget

Rangatahi from different parts of Te Taitokerau will be reflected on what wellness means for them, and assessed how the Wellness Budget contributes towards wellbeing for children and young people, and for society.