We can be justifiably proud of our Government’s approach to the Covid 19 virus crisis. It has acted quickly recognising the WHO recommendations. The country “lock-down’ will do much to stop the spread of the virus and the Government support for people and businesses is to be commended. This will hopefully put us in a … Continue reading Media Statement: Equality Network – 31st March 2020
The Ipsos New Zealand Issues Monitor reported in December 2019 that Poverty / inequality is the second highest ranking issue in Aotearoa with 29% considering it as a top issue. It has been in the top 5 issues since measurement began. Housing is the top issue. Read more here . But there has been little … Continue reading Inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand – Update for 2020
“We need to fundamentally reframe our systems settings to address the drivers causing and underpinning inequality; structural change in systems especially financial.“ The Equality Network Hui was held in Wellington on 27 June 2019. The hui covered important topics such as child poverty; a living wage; taxation; public health; mental health; education; welfare, housing and … Continue reading 2019 – Equality Network Hui – Report
Action Station’s report on The People’s Mental Health Review, based on 500 personal stories of mental health experiences reveals a mental health system in crisis, with long wait times, a lack of suitable treatment options and an under-resourced and stressed workforce. They call for urgent funding increases for mental health services, an independent inquiry into … Continue reading The People’s Mental Health Review
The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor results reveal no significant improvement for the lives of children in New Zealand experiencing the effects of poverty. There are currently 28% of New Zealand’s children living in families where income is less than 60% of the median contemporary income after housing costs (AHC), and 155,000 children experiencing some form … Continue reading 2016 Child Poverty Monitor Results
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 … Continue reading Honouring the Treaty in Health Services
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 … Continue reading Increased stress on community groups
NZCCSS comments that high poverty and inequality is the not-so-new normal. That is the conclusion to take from the latest poverty and inequality data released on 8th September in the Ministry of Social Development’s Household Incomes in New Zealand 2015 report.
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.
Volunteering NZ has produced a summary of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, showing its relevance to volunteers in New Zealand (who) have a role to play in transforming governance and ensuring no one is left behind. Refer www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/state-volunteering
The Auckland Anglican Social Justice Committee has strong words on the need for safe, affordable, adequate and available housing for all. Refer www.auckanglican.org.nz/whatwedo/social-justice/Do-justice
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 … Continue reading CPAG
The NZCCSS has been on the news recently with their timely report that “apart from a short period in the 3 years immediately post the Global Financial Crisis, funding for social services has remained static yet demand has soared to higher levels than ever previously experienced“. Refer to www.nzccss.org.nz/vulnerability-report for more details.
Simon Lowe reports that this group is working hard on blogs following the recently CYPF review. One of the most comprehensive is by Dr Ian Hyslop, who says: There is no reference to social inequality – inadequate incomes, housing and health services – or to the economic reproduction of these social deficits. To read this … Continue reading Reimaging Social Work in New Zealand
“ 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 www.cpag.org.nz 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, … Continue reading Fix Working for Families, so that it is FAIR. #FWFF , launched on the 30th March.
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 … Continue reading Poverty Action Waikato report on nurture and neglect
The latest Child Poverty Monitor has provoked widespread coverage with its figures showing 305,000 or 29% of New Zealand children live in income poverty, two-thirds of them for long periods of time. The report has also prompted debate about the nature and causes of poverty, and has launched the ‘It’s Not Choice’ campaign. The Child … Continue reading Latest Child Poverty Monitor shocks
Wellington City councillors have voted to pay their low-paid security guards employed via contractors the Living Wage. The step towards becoming a Living Wage council was voted for 9-6 by councillors last month and was overwhelmingly supported when it went out for consultation in the 2014 Annual Plan process. Sadly the Wellington Chamber of Commerce has … Continue reading More Wellington staff get Living Wage
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