Our Children Our Choice: Priorities for Policy Launch

Our Children, Our Choice brings together five policy papers released by CPAG in the lead up to the election on health, education, housing and household incomes.  Each paper gives an overview of the current situation for the poorest children in New Zealand and makes key recommendations on policies to reduce child poverty and mitigate its effects. The Launch was on the 9 September 2014, in both Auckland and Wellington.



MC: Alan Johnson, CPAG Co-Convenor 

Susan St John (QSO)

Joint editor of Our Children, Our Choice and CPAG's economics spokesperson. Susan also co-authored the report's chapter on incomes.

Fa'anana Efeso Collins

Member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Auckland City Council.  Efeso is well known for his work with Pasifika youth and is an outspoken social commentator and broadcaster.

Innes Asher

Professor and Head of Paediatrics at the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland 


MC: Ian Harcourt, actor and comedian

Brian Easton

Respected New Zealand economist, well known for his economic commentary including columns in the Listener.

M Claire Dale

Chief editor of Our Children, Our Choice and founder of the Nga Tangata Microfinance Trust.

Community Speaker Comments

Geoff Curson

Co-ordinator for Newtown Budgeting & Advocacy Service

Graham Howell

Spokesperson for the Benefit Rights Service