The Hikoi for Homes is an upcoming march from Glen Innes to Britomart, with similar events in other centres around the country, designed to mobilise people from all over New Zealand to advocate that ‘everyone deserves a home’.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)’s 2015 campaign, Healthy and Affordable Homes – calling on the government urgently to improve quality of and access to rental accommodation for families – received a groundswell of public support and strong media coverage. Alongside the harrowing story of Te Ao Marama Wensor and her son’s serious chronic lung issues as a result of living in a mouldy home, it was the lead story on many news bulletins, including print, radio and TV, and even prompted discussion in parliament.
The key now is to keep the momentum up, giving voice to children in need, and to their families.
Hikoi for Homes – an upcoming march from Glen Innes to Britomart, with similar events in other centres around the country – promises to do just that, but we need your help to ensure its success. The series of marches will mobilise people from all over New Zealand to advocate that ‘everyone deserves a home’ – a message that cannot be ignored. As a society, we all have an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing. CPAG will be arguing that current policies do not meet this simple need or honour our obligations to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Please note that the date for this event has changed from that previously advertised. It will be held on 21 November. More information about the march can be found on CPAG’s website and a Facebook event page will be set up shortly.