The big headline of the Government’s Budget yesterday was its Family Incomes Package – a range of measures including changes to income tax thresholds and the Family Tax Credit. Overall the Budget is a huge disappointment and a missed opportunity to make real progress on pressing social and environmental issues. We want more support for […]
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Government needs to go back to the drawing board on the Child Youth and Family (Oranga Tamariki) Bill. Māori have been leading the charge on raising questions on what the Government is up to and whose interests are being served. For such a major overhaul, which the Minister has […]
Last Thursday the disability and education communities held a rally at Parliament calling for proper funding for inclusive education.
I’ve heard the numbers before – 43,000 people homeless or experiencing severe housing deprivation – but I was still unprepared for the raw stories told by mothers and other submitters.
This Easter I’m at home reading papers on urban development and social development, in between trying to catch up on Masterchef and make up time away from my partner. It’s a peaceful time, but I know many people are spending this Easter waiting in trepidation to find out if they’ll have a job in a […]
Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students. It’s not good enough to teach to the average or focus […]
Today is a big day for me on a personal level – it’s my first full day back in the House after taking parental leave to welcome my baby girl Esther into the world. She is 16 weeks old.
With the inaugural Child Poverty Monitor showing that 16 % of kiwi kids will live in poverty for much of their childhood, I was stunned to hear the Social Development Minister say she was “incredibly proud” of her Government’s record for children. Asked if she had a target for reducing child poverty Paula Bennett instead reeled […]
This talk was delivered by Metiria at the TEDxhomeBushRdWomen event in Wellington, 7 December 2013. I had an eclectic, sometimes impoverished childhood. We moved house a lot. But when I was about 3 my family lived in a big old house called Hillcrest flats. Out the back was a garden and a long row of […]
A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do. KidsCan is once more stepping into the breach left by the Government and trying to plug gaps to help our most vulnerable children get a good start in life. The charity, which has led the charge on food in schools, is now looking at […]