Monday, December 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM NZDT
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Pioneer Women's Hall, Ellen Melville Centre 
1 Freyberg Place
Auckland Central
Auckland 1000
New Zealand

Driving Directions 


Celia Hayes 
Child Poverty Action Group 

Auckland report launch 

Further fraying of the welfare safety net 

Please join CPAG for the launch of our latest technical report "Further fraying of the welfare safety net" which looks at the changes to New Zealand’s traditional welfare safety net since 2008. 

Over the last nine years, significant changes have been made to the already unravelling welfare system. The content  in this report focuses on changes to welfare benefits, the Working for Families (WFF) package, and social security legislation and regulation.

The lack of an adequate welfare safety net has had a devastating impact on children's outcomes and families' ability to be financially secure. Why are we seeing a more complex and punitive system that is unable to provide for families and children? 

Guest speakers from Caritas, the Auckland Women's Centre, Auckland City Mission and Auckland Action Against Poverty will share insights of real life consequences of these changes to the welfare system.

CPAG authors will introduce the report:

Dr Gerry Cotterell: Co-author of the report. Gerry has a long standing  interest in the welfare reforms that have occurred since the 1980s in New Zealand.

Hon Assoc Prof Susan St John: Co- author of the report, and founding member of CPAG and spokesperson on economics and incomes. She is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Economics Department, University of Auckland and the director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre.