Category Archives: Successes

Increased stress on community groups

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


CPAG’s blog What’s up with housing? But also what’s up with incomes? discusses the crises and government shortcomings in both of these areas.
CPAG is also launching KATHRYN’S STORY:  How the government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have on 1 July in Auckland.
Refer for more detail on all of these issues

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

Poverty Action Waikato report on nurture and neglect

Poverty Action Waikato is undertaking research to develop a 2015/16 “Window on Waikato Poverty” report. The focus of this report is to develop understandings of the experiences of neglect and nurture in our communities.

Neglect and nurture are experienced in different ways across our society. When society, communities and individuals neglect to care for one another this has devastating consequences. Babies, children and young people often suffer the most from neglect. This suffering can impact their whole life journey. Without opportunities for healing and restoration, experiences of neglect can result in further suffering. When the nurture of our most vulnerable populations and the care of one another is prioritised by individuals, communities and society, flourishing and wellbeing are enabled.

Our research will provide social services and community with the information that will support advocacy for a future where poverty and neglect are not tolerated and all people are supported to live flourishing lives. We are talking with people in Social Service agencies about the ways they observe and experience both neglect and nurture operating in their communities and gathering some up-to-date regional statistics.

This research is supported by the Social Development Division of the Hamilton City Council. A summary of findings will be presented to Hamilton City Council in February 2016 followed by the final report which will be a public document.