Auckland Evening Launch of CPAG's 2014 Flagship Publication 

"Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy" 

with special focus on incomes



Tuesday 9 September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 

6.30pm: Refreshments

7.00pm: Event begins

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Friendship House
20 Putney Way
Manukau CBD
Auckland 2104
New Zealand

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Marianna Munting 
Child Poverty Action Group Exec Offcier I 09 302 5260

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Child Poverty Action Group’s latest flagship publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party agreement to underpin an action plan to reduce child poverty in New Zealand.

The report brings together five policy papers released by CPAG in the lead up to the election: on health, education, housing and household incomes.  Each paper gives an overview of the current situation for the poorest children in New Zealand and makes key recommendations on policies to reduce child poverty and mitigate its effects.

Edited by M. Claire Dale, Mike O'Brien & Susan St John with contributions from Innes Asher, Nikki Turner, John O'Neill, Jenny Ritchie, Alan Johnson, Mike O'Brien & Susan St John, this report is a must read for anyone interested in turning the tide on New Zealand's terrible child poverty statistics.


Guest Speakers

Susan St John (QSO): Joint editor of and contributing author to Our Children, Our Choice.  Susan is  CPAG's  Economics Spokesperson, a founding member of CPAG, and a nationally renowned researcher and commentator on child and family poverty.  She teaches part-time in the Economics Departmen at the University of Auckland's Business School, where she is co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Susan was also shortlisted for Amnestry International New Zealand's 2013 Human Rights Defender Award for her work on child poverty in particular that on discrimination embedded in New Zealand's Working for Families legislation.   Susan will be giving a special talk on the need for adequate incomes inorder to address child poverty.

Fa'anana Efeso Collins: Member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Auckland City Council. Efeso was raised in Otara, South Auckland and is acutely aware of the issues facing the community in relation to housing, education, youth, health and employment. He is well known for his work mentoring Pasifika youth and currently co-owns Catalyst Solutions Ltd: a consultancy committed to enhancing the outcomes of Pasifika young people, which recently completed research in South Auckland focusing on the impact of youth gangs. Efeso is also an outspoken social commentator and broadcaster, regularily participating in debates on social issues and has been the guest speaker at numerous youth and community fora. He holds the alii Samoan chiefly title of Fa'anana from Satupaitea.   Efeso will offer some reflections on the report drawing on his local experience.


Comments from other contributing authors

followed by a wider discussion

 MC: Alan Johnson, CPAG Co-Convenor

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Light refreshments provided * Koha appreciated

Childhood poverty has lifelong consequences on health, education, and social and economic participation.  CPAG believes child poverty is a moral and ethical issue and every sector of the community must work together to improve the wellbeing of our children.

CPAG is looking for a firm indication from political leaders that they are committed to the steps needed to give all children a fair go so they can reach their potential.  Any real and sustained change to our disgraceful child poverty rates must be underpinned by a cross-party agreement. 

Other CPAG events you might be interested in: Inaddtion to evening public discussions in Auckland and Wellington on Our Children, Our Choice (visit for more details), CPAG is also holding a March for Children this Saturday 6 September: