All posts by Ben Smith

Tick4 Kids

Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa, the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, NZEI  Riu Roa, The Public Health Association, To Ora Hou, Every Child Counts  and CPAG have formed a coalition with a number of other organisations and individuals to promote Tick4Kids, a campaign to make children’s interests a central focus for the 2014-2017 parliamentary term. The spokesperson for this campaign is Deborah Morris-Travers, the advocacy spokesperson for UNICEF NZ.

Deborah has prepared a video: Hearing the voices of our children.

For more details refer

Fix Working for Families, so that it is FAIR. #FWFF , launched on the 30th March.

“ Despite being supposedly targeted to alleviate against child poverty, in its current state, the Working for Families (WFF) scheme discriminates against those children most in need..”
Refer to for details of how to support the campaign

CPAG is holding a series of post-Budget breakfasts. These are to be held in Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Friday the 27th May and in Nelson on Wednesday the 1st June. They are also holding a fundraiser in Auckland on the 11 June.

More details of these events at

MESSAGES MATTER : Common Cause messaging training with Mark Chenery


In our increasingly fast paced and fragmented world, it’s becoming harder and harder to get traction on the issues that really matter. That’s why even the most effective progressive organisations are working to review their framing and messaging. These training days on Friday 19 August in Auckland and Monday 22 August in Wellington will build on the important work done in New Zealand last year by messaging expert Anat Shenker-Osorio

For details, refer here.


The Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA)

The PSA is New Zealand’s largest union, representing nearly 62,000 workers in central government, state-owned enterprises, local councils, health boards and community groups. We are committed to building a union able to influence the political, economic, industrial and social environments in the interests of the membership of the PSA: our members; our family and whanau; and the communities we live in. At the heart of this has to be a debate about equality and how fair and fully funded community and public services can help make Aotearoa New Zealand a better, fairer place for all.

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