Monday 18 November, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

Followed by networking and refreshments


Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre 
Otago University in Wellington
23 Mein St, Newtown
Wellington 6242
New Zealand


$65 Waged
$35 Waged

Programme and Background info

Full programme can be found here


Georgie Craw

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Whakamana Tangata: Where to from here?

Child poverty, and the need to substantially reduce it, has been at the forefront of public policy since the election in 2017.

The Families Package was a beginning. Valuable recent developments include a newly minted Child Poverty Reduction Act, an in-depth report on welfare reform from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG), the first official Government child poverty reduction targets, and a fresh range of statistics. Measures and benchmarks are important priorities. But progress on reducing poverty for the worst-off children is yet to be seen. The need for charity assistance is at an all-time high, and while there is increased Government spending on special needs grants and emergency housing needs these interventions are far from adequate. 

Late into 2019, 174,000 children living in the most impoverished, desperate situations are yet to see any real gain. Thus far, uptake of the extensive WEAG recommendations has been disappointing, with Government announcements providing little relief for the children living in the deepest poverty. The limited government response to the WEAG’s Whakamana Tangata is frustrating, and the lack of public focus is perplexing.

This year’s CPAG social welfare summit, being held in Wellington on 18 November, offers Government and stakeholders some answers to the question: when it comes to reducing child poverty, where to from here?

Join CPAG and friends, and hear from the experts speaking at our Summit about how we can make Aotearoa a better place for children and families - and how this Government can be convinced to make the bold steps to achieve the transformational impact it promised.

Our summit speakers include:

Trevor McGlinchey - NZCCSS
Minister of Social Development Hon. Carmel Sepuloni
Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft 
Associate Professor Khylee Quince
Professor Innes Asher - CPAG
Janet McAllister - CPAG
Bill Rosenberg - NZCTU
Honorary Associate Professor Susan St John
Moira Lawler - Lifewise
John Zois - Lifewise
Samuel Murray - CCS Disability Action
Kay Brereton - Benefit Advocate and WEAG member
Ricardo Menendez March - AAAP
Michael Fletcher - Victoria University, Wellington
Laura O’Connell Rapira - ActionStation
Professor Tracey McIntosh - University of Auckland
Len Cook, CBE

With facilitation by Tony Dowell, Nikki Turner, Mike O’Brien, and Janfrie Wakim 

***Podcast recordings will be made available after the Summit. To find out more keep an eye out on our CPAG Facebook page.***