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Landlords Attitudes Reflect The Failings Of Successive Governments To Protect Housing As A Human Right

Friday, 26 March 2021, 1:02 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Landlords threatening to evict tenants on the coldest day of the year in response to the government’s recent housing announcement is typical in a country that treats housing as a business investment. The attitudes that some landlords have, of threatening ... More >>

Pasifika And Māori Babies Dying At A Higher Rate Due To SUDI, With Direct Links To Poverty.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 11:58 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Data released today by the Ministry of Health about a programme established to reduce sudden and unexpected deaths of babies in their sleep shows Pasifika and Māori babies are dying at a higher rate, with direct links to poverty. “We know not having enough ... More >>

Liveable Incomes Needed Now For Pasifika And Māori Communities Who Are More Susceptible To Covid-19

Monday, 8 March 2021, 9:34 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

During the pandemic Pasifika people have had rates of hospital admission for Covid-19 almost five times that of non-Pasifika and non-Māori. Data from the Minister of Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins has revealed that seven of the 18 people admitted ... More >>

Jacinda Ardern And This Labour Government Ok With Leaving People Behind

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:15 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Over the weekend Jacinda Ardern appeared on Newshub The Nation and made some problematic comments about lifting people out of poverty, saying the Labour government has prioritised targeting families with children. “This is the problem - Jacinda Ardern and this ... More >>

Pacific MP's Should Support Liveable Incomes For All

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:20 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Last week the government released their latest data on child poverty statistics and 1 in 4 children living in poverty in NZ are Pacific. Carmel Sepuloni, our Minister of Social Development also admitted that current benefit levels aren’t enough to ... More >>

No Time For Data To Reflect What We Already Know - Children And Whānau In Poverty Need Change Now

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 9:41 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The latest statistics on child poverty are set to be released today but won’t show the impact of Covid, which exacerbated already existing inequities. The data that reflects Covid won’t show until 2022. “We can’t wait for the data to reflect ... More >>

69% Want An Increase In Income Support For People On Low Wages And Benefits

Monday, 22 February 2021, 9:34 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

A survey released today which was commissioned by a group of more than 40 organisations has found that 7/10 New Zealanders want an increase in income support for people on low wages and benefits. “We welcome the support from wider New Zealand. This ... More >>

No Mention Of Raising Benefit Levels In The Labour Government’s Budget Policy Statement 2021

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 10:21 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Grant Robertson revealed the Labour government’s budget policy statement for 2021 a few days ago and their books are better than expected, but there is no mention of lifting benefits to liveable levels for families living in severe hardship. “At ... More >>

Inflation Almost 3 Times Higher For People Receiving Benefits

Friday, 5 February 2021, 12:00 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Statistics released today show that inflation was almost three times higher for people receiving benefits than for all households in the year to December 2020, mostly due to higher rents. “We know that people receiving benefits end up paying a higher ... More >>

Temporary Visa Holders Denied Support Before Christmas

Friday, 11 December 2020, 9:53 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

People here on work and student visas who are trying to remain in New Zealand to find employment and continue their studies are finding they don’t meet the criteria for accessing emergency benefits, leaving them without any assistance over the Christmas ... More >>

Government’s Shameful Record On Implementing Their Own WEAG Recommendations

Monday, 30 November 2020, 11:17 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Back in early 2019 The Welfare Expert Advisory Group made 42 recommendations to transform the welfare system in it’s report titled ‘Whakamana Tangata’. Child Poverty Action Group’s own research report released today found that only 4 of ... More >>

The Labour Government Gaslights People In Poverty

Monday, 23 November 2020, 12:29 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The government issued a response letter to the open letter which now has support from 70 organisations in New Zealand, calling them to lift benefits and low incomes to liveable levels before Christmas. In their response they outline what they’ve ... More >>

Prime Minister Choosing To Keep Beneficiaries In Poverty

Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 7:53 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Yesterday more than 50+ organisations penned an open letter to Jacinda Ardern, Carmel Sepuloni and Grant Robertson urging them to lift benefit and low-income levels to liveable levels before Christmas. A reporter asked Jacinda in her live press conference ... More >>

The Current Welfare System Needs To Transform In Order To Prepare For Growing Unemployment

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 2:50 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Unemployment figures for the last quarter released today show 37,000 people have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. Auckland Action Against Poverty says the current welfare system requires transforming to ensure that these people who are recently ... More >>

Lifting Benefits Needs To Be A Top Priority For This Incoming Labour Govt

Friday, 30 October 2020, 7:51 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The incoming Labour government has the mandate to govern how they see fit and Auckland Action Against Poverty see this as their opportunity to hold true to their vision for equality, sustainability, opportunity, freedom and solidarity as outlined in ... More >>

AAAP Calls On Govt To Reverse The 25% Charge For Emergency Shelter

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 8:15 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Two days after the Labour government secured their second term, they started charging people who are homeless 25% of their weekly income towards the cost of emergency shelter. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the government's move to charge ... More >>

Labour Party’s Welfare Policy Condemns Beneficiaries To Poverty

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 2:36 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Labour Party’s welfare announcement does not commit to further increases to core benefit levels in the short term, the individualisation of benefits and the removal of sanctions. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the changes to the ... More >>

Māori Party And Greens Only Ones To Provide Genuine Solutions To Our Broken Welfare System

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 11:23 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Māori Party and the Green Party are the only political parties to release income policies that would improve the lives of people on the benefit. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes both parties’ policies and their support for our Liveable Incomes ... More >>

Ending Winter Energy Payment Would Throw Te Hunga Kaumatua Into Hardship

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 11:26 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Incomes are scheduled to be cut up to $63 a week for many of our low-income households in less than a month. Auckland Action Against Poverty is joining Child Poverty Action Group’s call to increase incomes, instead of cutting them, as an ongoing crisis-response ... More >>

Change In Abatement Threshold Needed To Lift Underemployed Out Of Poverty

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 12:13 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to increase abatement thresholds and lift benefits to liveable levels to support people affected by the growth of unemployment due to COVID-19. “Unemployment numbers do not tell us whether ... More >>