Kia ora koutou katoa, and welcome to Child Poverty Action Group New Zealand's July 2018 newsletter.
He kai tahu me kikini, he kai tahu me tīhore, mā te tamaiti te iho
In This Issue
CPAG Summit in September
CPAG Welfare Fit for Families campaign
Discussion paper: Strategic responses to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act
Thanks to Auckland City Mission
CPAG news update
CPAG blog update
Fundraising and supporters
Sign up as a regular CPAG donor
Keep up with CPAG regional networks
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Reminder: Round the Bays - 3 March 2019
Round the Bays is almost here! If you haven't already signed up as a team or as an individual for Auckland's Round the Bays fun run on 4 March, there is still time for you to join up to support CPAG with raising awareness about child poverty and fundraising towards our ongoing work in 2019. It will be a fun day and a great way to combine exercise and support for CPAG.
All running/walking levels welcome. We recommend starting up an Everyday Hero fundraising page to share with your family and friends. Instructions below:
- First, register for Ports of Auckland Round The Bays 2019
- Once you have registered click on 'Start a fundraising page'
- Start a fundraising page as part of the Child Poverty Action Group team and click "Join Team"
- Share the page with your friends and family so they can help support our cause.
CPAG will be automatically notified when you choose us as your charity, and if you contact us with your address we can send you a beautiful orange CPAG race t-shirt. We'll arrange a meet up with the CPAG team before the race.
Now you can start training for the day!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2019
CPAG's Submission on the Budget Policy Statement 2019, written by Dr Stephen Poletti and Associate Professor Susan St John, argues that while the "Wellbeing framework" is a good idea and has long-term potential it must not be at the expense of the obvious improvements to income adequacy that can - and must - be made immediately. CPAG urges the Government not to wait until the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) and Tax Working Group (TWG) reports are in before positive action is taken to reduce the worst child poverty. The submission argues that housing must be a priority for the wellbeing of our impoverished families, and also raises questions around the continuing use of the fiscal rules framework including the resumed contributions to the NZ Super Fund. Submissions closed on January 31.
Download the full submission here.
CPAG is looking forward to hosting its annual Post Budget Breakfast events in locations across Aotearoa in May. Please keep an eye out for more information, coming soon!
Kore Hiakai: Zero Hunger Project
Kore Hiakai: Zero Hunger is a collective of social service agencies including the Auckland and Wellington City Missions, The Salvation Army and the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS), who are focused on eliminating food poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand through finding lasting, structural, mana enhancing solutions. By early 2019 the collective aims to have developed a network of organisations and people who are committed to working towards a long-term, effective strategy to ensure all NZers have sufficient nutritious food so that we might see the elimination of food poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kore Hiakai has extended an invitation to all those who wish to join the korero about how as a nation, Aotearoa can achieve these goals. Register your interest here to attend a hui in Auckland on Tuesday 14 March, Wellington on Thursday 21 March and Christchurch on Tuesday 12 March.
For more information visit https://zerohunger.org.nz/
Hobson Street Theatre presents: That's what Friends are For
Peter O'Connor, education spokesperson for CPAG is directing the Hobson Street Theatre company's production That's what Friends are Foras part of the Auckland Fringe festival. Hobson Street Theatre, based out of the City Mission, is NZ's only theatre company working with people who have or are experiencing homelessness. Opening night gives you an opportunity to have a drink and some food with our cast so if you can join us that night it would be great. But feel free to join any night. The show moves to Wellington and Dunedin in March.
To purchase tickets and find out more information click here.
New year's Honour's List
Congratulations to Ian Hassall who received a knighthood for Services to the Welfare of Children. Ian has been a long-term supporter of and associate of CPAG and an important advocate for children throughout his career, which includes being a paediatrician and New Zealand's first Commissioner for Children from 1989 to 1994. Ian has also taught the Children and Public Policy masters course at AUT and has published on child rights, safety and mortality. In 2010 he received the international Aldo Farina award for child rights advocacy.
The TWG interim report was released last year, and the final report with recommendations has been provided to government. The public release is due in three weeks. CPAG submission to the Tax Working Group is available here. CPAG also provided feedback to the TWG on its intial draft. For more information download the feedback document here.
- Tomorrow's Schools
- Our Schooling Futures, Stronger Together l Whiria Ngā Kura Tuātinitini, the report of the Independent Taskforce on Tomorrow's Schools was released on 7 December. Submissions, open till 7 April, or any queries, can be emailed to . Have your say on its recommendations by completing the online survey.
- Early Learning Strategic Plan
- The draft Early Learning Strategic Plan is open for consultation until 15 March 2019. The full length draft plan is available in English and in Te reo Māori and summaries are also available in other languages. You can take part in the online survey to have your say on the draft strategic plan, or submit an existing document by emailing .
CPAG News Update
CPAG Blog Update
Latest blog posts December - January
Sign up as a CPAG Regular Donor
If you would like to support our important ongoing work, you can become a regular donor or make a donation to ensure we can continue our research, education and advocacy work towards eliminating child poverty.
Become a regular donor or make a donation via Online banking
- Account number: 38-9003-0066858-00
- Reference: your name and REGDON for regular giving or your name and DONATION for a one off amount.
Become a regular donor or make a donation via Cheque - post to:
Child Poverty Action Group (Inc), PO Box 56 11, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141.
Please email with your details for receipting purposes.
Keeping up with CPAG Regional Networks
Currently CPAG has networks in Whangarei, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Nelson. If you're interested in attending CPAG events in your local region please sign up to your closest network
We need your help to spread the word, and we care about what you think. So join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @cpagnz. Contribute to the discussion, like and share our posts if you find them meaningful. We value your feedback, and invite you to private message us or email us should you have a query or would like to share something with us. Our blog posts online also invite you to comment and share via social media.
With your help, we can change the narrative about poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand and make it a better place for whānau and tamariki, for generations to come.