Our mahi 2021 and earlier
CPAG publishes a range of reports on topics relating to children. These can be downloaded here for free.
Australia and NZ tax credits for children. A 5-year comparison: July 2018- July 2023 - Part 2 of the Rethinking Income Support for Children series (Nov, 2021) by Susan St John and Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns. As a Word document
The First Year of Covid-19: Initial outcomes of our collective care for low-income children in Aotearoa New Zealand (July 2021) by Janet McAllister, Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns, Leah Bain, Nikki Turner and Donna Wynd. As a Word document
Social Unemployment Insurance: Concerns From Equity And Anti-Poverty Perspectives (June 2021) by Child Poverty Action Group. As a Word document
Where will we live in the future?: Research into the Unmet Housing Needs of People with Disabilities, their Family and Whānau (May 2021) by Colleen Brown and Alan Johnson, with Martine Abel-Williamson and Mike Potter. In partnership with Disability Connect - PDF available from Disability Connect website.
Ensuring Adequate Indexation of Working for Families - Part 1 of the Rethinking Income Support for Children series (May, 2021) by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Susan St John. As a Word document
Income support in the wake of Covid-19: INTERVIEWS (April 2021) by Louise Humpage & Charlotte Moore (University of Auckland)
Challenging the old normal: Privatisation in Aotearoa’s early childhood care and education sector. by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Jenny Ritchie. Early Education Journal 66 (2020): 61-68. Peer-reviewed.
2020 Briefing to the Incoming Minister: Income Support (Dec 2020) by Child Poverty Action Group. As a Word document
What happened to ‘welfare overhaul’? A stocktake of implementation of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s 2019 recommendations by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Innes Asher, Child Poverty Action Group (November 2020) As a Word document
Living well? Children with disability need far greater income support in Aotearoa by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns, Sam Murray (CCS Disability Action), Dr Jin Russell and Jane Lee (September, 2020) Living Well? as a Word document; Living Well? as a large-print Word document
Sheltering our children from COVID-19 fallout: New Zealand must raise incomes for the financially vulnerable instead of cutting their incomes on 1 Oct 2020 as planned” by Janet McAllister (September, 2020)
Privatisation and early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Dr Jenny Ritchie (July, 2020) (feeds into Challenging the old normal: Privatisation in Aotearoa’s early childhood care and education sector. by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Jenny Ritchie (peer reviewed). Early Education Journal 66 (2020): 61-68.)
Family tax credits: Do children get the support in New Zealand that they would get in Australia? by Caitlin Neuwelt-Kearns and Susan St John (June, 2020)
Briefing on reform of the In-Work Tax Credit by Susan St John (February 2020)
National’s family incomes support policy: A new paradigm shift or more of the same? Themed issue: National’s social policy legacy. By Dr Susan St John and Dr Gerard Cotterell, New Zealand Sociology 34 (2). (2019)
2019 CPAG Whakamana Tangata (WEAG report) responses (November 2019)
The experts can all agree: Whakamana Tāngata response from Child Poverty Action Group (Media briefing paper Sept 2019)
Measuring deprivation in New Zealand regions series by Dan Exeter
A New Zealand where all children can flourish series 2017
Priorities for health (May 2017)
Priorities for ‘social investment’ (June 2017)
Priorities for family income support (June 2017)
Priorities for family housing (July 2017)
Priorties for education (September 2017)
Children and the Living Wage (February 2017)
Welfare fit for families: Summit Proceedings (Oct 2015)
CPAG published a series of CPAG policy papers, called Our Children, Our Choice in the lead up to the 2014 election with recommendations for policy change to alleviate child poverty.
CPAG's third monitoring report says a lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children.
CPAG's second monitoring report on benefit sanctions says the welfare of children affected by sanctions remains a deep concern.
Child Poverty Action Group commissioned MMResearch, in association with Research Now to conduct an online survey sampling 1013 members of the New Zealand public in order to more fully understand people's attitudes and perceptions about child poverty. The survey was designed to be representative of the New Zealand public aged 18 years and over. The results have been post weighted by region, gender and age.
CPAG's latest research shows transience is a significant issue for low decile Auckland schools. One principal referred to his school as having "a revolving door".
Child Abuse & Poverty: What are the links? (2013)
Excerpt: The 2013 Budget is the present National Government’s fifth budget and comes at a time when New Zealand is emerging from the worst economic recession since the 1930’s. This recession has tended to frame not only this and preceding budgets but the whole fiscal stance of the Government. The Minister of Finance Bill English has consistently identified his desire to return the Government’s finances back to surplus by 2015 and this budget more or less fulfils this ambition for him.
Empty Food Baskets: Food Poverty in Whangarei ( March 2012)
The results of this research show a frightening picture for too many children in Whangarei. In a country that has long been a major food producer it is scandalous that so many report going without food in order to make ends meet. The fact that this is the experience of so many New Zealand children makes the scandal even worse.
Left Further Behind: how policies fail the poorest children in New Zealand, is an urgent call for policy changes that provide solutions to child poverty. this is CPAG's flagship publication and well worth reading.
In this latest research by Donna Wynd, we look at how too many children start their day without food. This lack of food at the start of the day affects children at the start of the day and is a major barrier to their learning, and social progress and development.
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pleased to publish this monograph ‘What work counts? Work incentives and sole parent families’. Its findings raise important policy issues for New Zealand society.
Edited by Dr Susan St John and Donna Wynd, and written by a range of experts this report outlines how increasing inequalities are harmful to children and society at large - and what to do about it. Download the report here, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy (~180pages).
A chapter written by Dr Susan St John, CPAG family incomes spokesperson, in the Otago University Press publication "Health inequalities and need in Aotearoa New Zealand".
This Child Poverty Action Group report presents a picture of widespread food insecurity in our food-producing nation. However the report says an adequate, nutritious diet can reverse most of the harm this causes to children's health and development. It recommends at the very least, the introduction of quality breakfast programmes in decile one to three schools.
Workfare: Not fair for kids? (2005)
Mike O'Brien reviews compulsory work policies and their effects on children.
Cut price kids (2004)
In CPAG's incomes monograph Susan St John and David Craig ask whether the 'Working for Families' package works for children.
Room for improvement: Current New Zealand housing policies and their implications for our children (2003)
In-depth analysis of the background and consequences of the 1990s housing reforms for New Zealand children.
Our children: The priority for policy (2nd edition, 2003)
The first official publication of the Child Poverty Action Group, Our Children: The Priority for Policy, was published in early 2001. This new edition updates Our Children and reflects on the events and progress of the intervening two years. Read the speeches from the launch here.
The irony of NCEA: How compulsory exam fees prevent the achievement of students from poor families (2003)
The findings of in-depth interviews with 11 low decile schools about the impact NCEA exam fees had on their students. While there was unanimous support amongst schools for the NCEA as a national qualification, the report concludes that many students in the poorest areas were disadvantaged and discouraged from completing the cornerstone qualification because of the high levels of fees.
A report prepared by housing expert Alan Johnson, on the scale of transience in South Auckland, one of the poorest areas of New Zealand.The results of the survey suggest that in South Auckland the equivalent to a middle sized New Zealand primary school shifts every week of the school year. This impacts on almost a third of all low decile school children.
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