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Government Housing Package "ignores Elephant In The Room"

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 1:19 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The Government’s housing package announced this week doesn’t do enough for families in grave housing stress, nor does it address housing wealth inequality, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). "Disappointingly this package ignores the ... More >>

Record Breaking Year For Microloan Applications For People Doing It Tough

Monday, 8 March 2021, 6:43 am | Child Poverty Action Group

A record number of loan applications were recorded by Ngā Tāngata Microfinance last year for people needing help covering everyday costs. The not-for-profit saw an increase of 128% for those applying for small loans to cover basic health care ... More >>

"Shocking, Disappointing" Child Poverty Statistics Show Incrementalism Isn’t Working

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:54 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Incrementalism isn’t working: Child Poverty Action Group says that’s the lesson from the latest child poverty statistics released today. "Although not surprising, these pre-Covid statistics overall are deeply disappointing. For families with disabilities, ... More >>

Warnings Against Christmas Pyramid Schemes Preying On Low-Income People

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 7:15 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Ngā Tāngata Microfinance is warning whānau to stay safe this Christmas and avoid pyramid schemes, many of which use cryptocurrency, including ‘Gifting/Koha Circles’ that are promoted primarily to and by Māori and Pasifika families. Ngā Tāngata ... More >>

Government Leaves Disadvantaged Children To Face "most Severe" COVID-19 Effects

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 3:02 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Children and their families are likely to face "significant and wide-ranging" negative effects from COVID-19, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's own advisors. "The most severe negative effects are likely to be felt by those who ... More >>

Child Poverty Monitor Shows Bold Action Required To Turn Tide On Poverty

Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 7:59 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the 2020 Child Poverty Monitor report released today by the Children’s Commission, Otago University and the JR McKenzie Trust, and agrees with the finding that ‘bold action’ is required to turn the ... More >>

More Groups Join Growing Call To Govt To Replace Entrenched Poverty With Liveable Incomes

Monday, 9 November 2020, 2:21 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Social workers and foodbank organisers are among the latest of now 60+ groups signing an open letter to the government to ensure liveable incomes for all, while one signatory warns of a second wave of increasing inequality at this "critical" time. ... More >>

Supergroup Of NGOs To PM: Raise Income Support By Christmas

Monday, 9 November 2020, 8:21 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Over 50 prominent organisations have joined together to urge the government to raise income support by Christmas, in order to release families from dire poverty. Unions, social service NGOs, housing providers, churches and groups representing Māori, ... More >>

Anti-poverty Groups To Labour: Election Results Mean No More Excuses

Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 3:40 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group, ActionStation and Auckland Action Against Poverty are calling on the new government to follow through quickly on their plan of raising income support so people receiving benefits are no longer locked into poverty. "Labour ... More >>

NZ Lagging Behind In Support For Disabled Children

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 8:09 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Children with disability are more likely than other children to live in poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand - but it shouldn’t be this way, says Child Poverty Action Group. "Should I have to start taking medication [for my anxiety] because there ... More >>

ActionStation & CPAG: Poverty Set To Worsen As COVID Support Ends Tomorrow

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 8:02 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Activists and researchers are warning toxic stress, food insecurity and isolation are set to rise for many families in poverty almost immediately, as their weekly incomes reduce by $63 from tomorrow [Thurs 1 Oct]. "The Winter Energy Payment ... More >>

Labour’s Welfare Policies Welcome But Silence On Children Disappointing

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 8:21 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The Child Poverty Action Group today warmly welcomed the Labour Party’s policies to reinstate the Training Incentive Allowance (TIA) for sole parents undertaking tertiary level study and to make part-time paid work more worthwhile for families ... More >>

CPAG Disappointed With Government's Continued Refusal To Extend Crisis Support

Friday, 4 September 2020, 3:10 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

A slew of new reports show successive governments have failed children and young people for decades, just as the current government has reiterated its plan to cut incomes of families receiving benefits when the Winter Energy Payment period ends ... More >>

CPAG And AAAP Call For Extension Of Covid Support For NZ’s Most Financially Vulnerable

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 8:09 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Incomes are scheduled to be cut by up to $63 a week for many of New Zealand’s lowest-income households in less than a month, but Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) are both urging the Government to immediately ... More >>

Child Advocates: Tenancy Protection Increases Wellbeing For Vulnerable Families

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 10:10 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Whānau and families will sleep better at night knowing their homes can’t be taken away from them without good reason thanks to the new residential tenancies law, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). "Worry about keeping a roof over their ... More >>

Nga Tangata Microfinance Welcomes New Initiative To Relieve Debt Burden

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 1:23 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Nga Tangata Microfinance welcomes the Government's initiative to relieve debt burden and increase access to specialist debt services for those vulnerable people and particularly those financially impacted by COVID-19. Natalie Vincent, General Manager for NTM ... More >>

Poll Shows NZers Want People To Access Income Support Regardless Of Romantic Status

Sunday, 26 July 2020, 4:25 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Polling released today shows that 47% of people support individuals accessing income support payments whether they are in relationships or not. The same UMR poll also shows that 53% of Labour Party voters want the MSD policy to change and only 24% ... More >>

CPAG Calls For Political Parties To Take Child Poverty Seriously This Election

Monday, 20 July 2020, 9:28 am | Child Poverty Action Group

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recession means this will be one of our country’s most important elections, as the parties who form a new Government will be making decisions that will impact on our society for years to come. Therefore, ... More >>

CPAG Calls For Nationalisation Of ECE Sector

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 12:15 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group is calling on the Government to nationalise early childhood education provision in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and reports of providers prioritising profits over quality of services. CPAG’s latest research ... More >>

NZ Is Being Shown Up By Australia’s Family Tax Credit System, Says CPAG

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:07 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG’s latest background paper, Family tax credits: Do children get the support in New Zealand that they would get in Australia? published today, finds that Australia’s family tax benefits system is significantly more generous than New Zealand’s Working ... More >>