The Government is reviewing the purpose of education in a new bill called the Education Update Bill. It is supposed to be a big inspirational rethink but there’s something missing: they have forgotten to ask the people at the centre, the children themselves. The United Nations have more than once told the Government that they […]
Yesterday the Office of the Commissioner for Children (OCC) appeared in front of the Social Service’s Select Committee to discuss their performance. The OCC has statutory responsibility for advocating for children and oversight of the Child Youth and Family Act. Understandably most of our discussion was about child poverty and the safety of children in […]
The recently-appointed Experts Advisory Group on Child Poverty is floating the idea of a law to halve child poverty in ten years, modeled on a British Act. The group is absolutely right that we need a multi-party agreement to end child poverty, but merely halving it in 10 years is not ambitious enough.
The Children’s Commissioner has announced a new Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. While it’s great to see a focus on solutions, there are now so many processes looking into the issues of child poverty and vulnerable children, we risk botching the opportunity to address the crisis. If there was ever a time for a coordinated Government strategy to end child poverty in, it’s now.
A report released this week (PDF) by the Children’s Commissioner calls for quality childcare services, especially for under two-year-olds. It will take more than a report to convince the current Government – whose cost-cutting includes undermining the goal of 100% fully qualified staff in early childhood centres – to invest properly in Early Childhood Education. […]
I would like to be among the first to congratulate the new Children’s Commissioner John Angus for coming out so clearly in this morning’s New Zealand Herald supporting the section 59 law change. It is great that Mr Angus is not shying away from being the advocate for children that his new role demands, rather […]
The Minister of Education Anne Tolley is quoted in the “Dominion” today attacking the Children’s Commissioner, Cindy Kiro, for releasing a report on the high level of bullying in our schools the day before the schools Summit on violence. Anne Tolley said the timing of the report was wrong because it would dominate the conference. […]
I wonder if Michael Laws has been applying the same intellectual rigour and research to his Wanganui District Council (Prohibition of Gang Insignia) Bill as he has to his comments on the Children’s Commissioner? Mr Laws claimed that Dr Kiro only ever gets involved in white abuse cases, and criticised her for not being involved […]