End Child Poverty Campaign & Advocacy Workshop

Following our Information Evening at the University of Auckland on 23 August, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) hosted a Campaign and Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, October 7 from 10am - 2pm at the Ellen Melville Centre in Auckland Central. 

The event was a half-day of inspiring guest speakers, as well as practical activities designed to develop attendees' campaigning and advocacy skills. The goal of this workshop was that attendees would use these news skills alongside us in the future, in our mahi for the tamariki of Aotearoa.

Youth have a powerful voice in helping CPAG work towards eliminating child poverty, which is why the workshop was targeted towards the under-29 age group. However, everyone was welcome to register even if they didn't fall into this group, because passion about and commitment to ending child poverty are what we need most of all.

The day built on the kōrero about child poverty in Aotearoa started at the University of Auckland Information Evening, but people who missed out on attending were still welcome to register for the workshop. We saw both familiar and new faces on the day, with the common trait of all being interest and enthusiasm to end child poverty.

This workshop provided attendees with:

  • Meeting and connecting with like-minded people – future networks and community;

  • Personal and professional development;

  • The opportunity to develop transferable skills in a supportive environment;

  • An in-depth knowledge of CPAG’s work, how to talk about child poverty effectively and how to advocate on behalf of CPAG;

  • practical introduction to advocacy and activism that will empower attendees to make real change – including digital and campus-based action.

Speakers on the day were:

  • Ryan Mearns - Digital Communications Manager at Human Rights Commission.
  • Grace Gordon from Justspeak.
  • Alan Johnson - Housing Spokesperson at CPAG.
  • Erica Finnie from

The day was a great success, with around 15 engaged, passionate young people attending who were interested to get more involved in campaigning with CPAG in the future. 

If this is something you are interested in, please contact us at and we will be in touch with more details.