Source: Ticks for Kids
Right now many thousands of Kiwi kids are missing out on what
they need to thrive. The latest Child Poverty Monitor statistics
show 148,000 Kiwi kids are missing out on what they need to grow up
Tick for Kids partners have joined up with ActionStation, the
Child Poverty Action Group, UNICEF, and the New Zealand Council of
Christian Social Services to call on our elected representatives in
Parliament to take action and break the cycle of poverty. This
campaign will run right through to election 2017 so that New
Zealanders can show their support for policies that invest
adequately in children.
Child poverty is entirely avoidable.
With the right action and political will we can reverse the
current situation and ensure all children have a standard of living
that ensures their physical and mental health. Poverty is not
inevitable, it is directly impacted by Government policy settings
and hasn't always been this bad.
"Ending child poverty requires action in a number of areas, and
involves everyone. However, action by Government to implement
necessary policies is obviously a fundamental part of the picture
and we're calling on Government to do its bit," says Lisa Woods,
Executive Officer of Every Child Counts and spokesperson for Tick
"It's nearly two years since the Prime Minister announced after
the 2014 election that child poverty would be a priority for this
term of Parliament. However, child poverty statistics clearly show
the Government have not achieved the turnaround in numbers of
children living in poverty that they committed to.
"The Prime Minister needs to deliver on his promise and invest
in policies that will end child poverty. But it's not just about
the Government, it's about all political parties in Parliament
committing to action and working together to create meaningful
change" says Lisa.
The campaign calls on all representatives in Parliament to take
responsibility to break the cycle of poverty and:
• Enable every child to get a good start in the early years by
ensuring parents have all the resources they need (income,
affordable housing, education, health).
• Develop and implement a national strategy for children to ensure
every child their rights to health, education, safety and
participation (using a child-rights framework to do this).
• Work in partnership with communities to ensure every child and
family thrives (e.g. enabling community-led initiatives to engage
residents in local action for children and well-funded community
hubs with improved services for children's well-being including
budgeting, nutrition, adult literacy and parenting education).
More information on the campaign can be found here.