Health is at the forefront of most political party agendas for good reason - health is central to the length and quality of our lives, supports our economy and our communities and is one of the largest areas of government spending. The priority given to the health funding and direction is a political decision. This year New Zealanders are... Keep Reading
1000 days to get it right for every child
The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical to their long term development. One thousand days is also approximately the duration of one term of parliament. So either way we have about 1000 days to get it right. The future of New Zealand depends on it.
Getting it right in those first thousand days means today’s young children are given every opportunity to develop their full potential as healthy, emotionally mature, socially engaged and well-educated, productive adults. Read more.
Check out out this report commissioned by Inspiring Communities, UNICEF, Plunket and Every Child Counts into community-led development initiatives making a difference for children.
We collated policy measures from our Tick 4 Kids coalition partners and chose the most popular five to test our party candidates on. The following simplified scorecards cover education based policy, family violence, health, housing and income measures. The results are as follows: Keep Reading
On 28 June Wellington City Council (WCC) voted for an annual plan in which the council will pay all directly employed workers and those employed in council controlled organisations the New Zealand official Living Wage rate of $20.20 from 1 July. Around 60 cleaners and security guards are going to $20.20, along with the directly employed... Keep Reading
Discussion regarding the parenting way by smacking the kids is always a hot issue. While some conservative groups, like Family First and New Zealand First advocate the moderate level of smacking out Kiwi kids, those child advocacy groups and political parties like UNICEF and Green Party seriously against such kind of parenting behavior due to... Keep Reading
On June 7 representatives from political parties were debating on how to see all New Zealanders well housed. The event saw the politicians asked a series of questions about how to “move the needle” in the right direction to see all New Zealanders well housed. Keep Reading
The study done by the Otago University revealed the significance of early childhood education which would benefit child in her or his later life. With longer time of being a preschooler, the kid is more likely to go on the better or right trajectory across his or her life-course. Regardless of one's background or socioeconomic status, the... Keep Reading
Welcome to our Budget week publication for 2017, which features ten leading authors, academics and campaigners writing journalistically on a broad range of topics in tax theory and policy, including contributions from Max Rashbrooke, Susan St John, Shamubeel Eaqub, Morgan Godfery and more. Keep Reading
The latest media release from CPAG in response to the Superu Families and Whānau status report findings is now available. Addressing one issue at a time will not significantly improve the situation for many children who are living with the effects of income poverty, as stated by CPAG. For the sake of our Kiwi kids, a more inclusive and... Keep Reading
Police family violence investigations reached a record high in 2016, statistics published today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse show. Dr Pauline Gulliver from the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse commented and reviewed on the current condition regarding domestic violence in NZ. Keep Reading
Data tells us that for too many people there is no bounce back when they find themselves impoverished, in NZ. Child poverty is a more serious issue in this country as it is suggested that what experienced in the first three years would be the foundation of one's later life. No matter it is real or not, any period of poverty for child is too... Keep Reading
Mainfreight founder Bruce Plested has used the company’s annual report to criticise the political response to the housing crisis, educational underachievement and the degradation of the environment. As long as this is a year of election, candidates shall work out the principle: deeds not words. The Kiwis are waiting for any practical measures to... Keep Reading
Numerous NZ children are now suffering from the preventable illness, yet, the current child-related policies cannot address their needs and situations. CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) newly releases five reports regarding the topics of health, social investment, incomes, housing and education. As long as the election is coming, it is... Keep Reading
Oxford geographer Danny Dorling was giving a valuable and inspiring speak at the London School of Economics in May. The Equality Effect: Improving Life for Everyone was the reflection regarding the pursuit of equality in the contemporary societies. The relations with politics, gender, living standard, etc. are all covered in this speak. The... Keep Reading
The Spinoff lively reported the somewhat "tweet interaction" between our prime minister and an ordinary, which provokes the public awareness regarding the work being, or claimed to do, by our NZ government. In terms of "all" New Zealanders, are there any missing Kiwis being neglected in the policy making process? Then, who can claim to have... Keep Reading
The latest blog from CPAG is available online now. By reacting to the newly released government's housing number, Alan from CPAG gives the "alternative fact" regarding the actual housing situation in New Zealand. The fact provided by the NZ government sounds that changes are or have made already in coping with the housing problem. But, is it a... Keep Reading