There is still time for input into the Child Wellbeing Strategy as the process will continue until December. Reducing income/wealth inequality will have a significant effect on child wellbeing. To have your say, refer to https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/our-business-units/child-wellbeing-unit
The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is currently seeking feedback, either through a survey on their website www.weag.govt.nz or through attending one of the 12 community forums being held around the country this month. For details refer www.weag.govt.nz/have-your-say/community-forums/ Decent improvements in welfare payments will significantly help reduce income/wealth inequality.
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has released 2 new reports Too soon for the tooth fairy: the implications of child poverty for oral health, which summarises current knowledge about the prevalence of poor oral health among children in Aotearoa-New Zealand and Will children get the help they need: An analysis of effectiveness of policies for children in the worst poverty in 2018, which compares the increases in the families package to what the worst-off families will actually need.
The latest Poverty Action Waikato report, Windows on Waikato poverty, is now available. This report offers an excellent exposition of the failures of the market economy – in the areas of housing, employment and health. It shows clearly the impact on specific vulnerable groups (Maori, children and young adults). Read here…
Pickapath is an interactive tool which has evolved as a collaboration between ActionStation and The Morgan Foundation. It allows you to make the decisions for a couple who are expecting a new baby and are facing a range of issues (income and housing especially – two of our key Equality Network issues). It’s a real eye opener and a good resource to share. https://pickapath.actionstatio
Find out how to share our Election Statement here. http://www.equalitynetwork.org.nz/electionstatement2017/take-action/
Child Poverty Action Group and associates show from a recent study that more advocacy is needed at the coalface for those in need of financial support, especially for families with children who have disabilities and chronic illness. See www.cpag.org.nz for more information.
The Health Promotion Forum / Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa has worked with the Auckland University of Technology to produce a paper, Realising the rhetoric: Refreshing public health providers’ efforts to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The authors indicate that we have a way to go to address ongoing inequities for Māori. Refer www.hauora.co.nz
Hui E! reports on a recent survey conducted by ComVoices that shows that the stresses on our community organisations are increasing. A survey of over 280 community organisations shows that they are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but with less funding from government and a greater reliance on alternate funding sources. Refer www.huie.org.nz
Closing the Gap have followed up their survey for the local body election with results and equality-related promises for successful candidates for the Bay of Plenty councils. Refer www.closingthegap.org.nz for the survey results.