Health is at the forefront of most political party agendas for good reason - health is central to the length and quality of our lives, supports our economy and our communities and is one of the largest areas of government spending. The priority given to the health funding and direction is a political decision. This year New Zealanders are... Keep Reading
Tick for Kids is a collective campaign. Not all agencies will agree with all the statements made by other agencies party to the campaign. Agencies reserve the right to make public statements in accordance with their own organisational priorities.
The latest blog from CPAG is available online now. By reacting to the newly released government's housing number, Alan from CPAG gives the "alternative fact" regarding the actual housing situation in New Zealand. The fact provided by the NZ government sounds that changes are or have made already in coping with the housing problem. But, is it a... Keep Reading
Organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children tell us there are many children overseas facing ill-health and death because of natural disasters and wars. The harm to children is compounded by oppressive, corrupt and incompetent governments although aid agencies generally avoid saying so for the sake of continued access and the safety of their. Keep Reading
Final report of the Expert Panel on modernizing Child, Youth and Family- investing in New Zealand’s children and families.
This major reform of New Zealand’s child care and protection system has the potential to fix many of the problems that have become increasingly obvious to the people within the system and to those with responsibility for it. In the foreword, the word ‘love’ is used three times and the phrase, ‘loving relationship’ twice. This is an... Keep Reading
In two earlier posts (Child poverty must end, 8/5/15 and More child poverty stories, 25/5/15) I examined five of the myths about poverty that are used to avoid dealing with it. They are the “deserved poverty”, “bracing poverty”, “relative poverty”, “poverty-by-choice” and “shut-up-and-be-grateful” myths. In this post I am... Keep Reading
With the announcement by NZOA of an EOI for an online platform/app to host NZ children’s content it is timely to remember the important role children’s local content plays in informing and inspiring our kids as well as entertaining them. In these financially straitened times it is evident that the money is not there to ‘go it alone’ with a... Keep Reading
The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill which had its first reading in Parliament on the 16th of September does some necessary streamlining of current child safety law but remains yet another case of children’s interests being misunderstood and subordinated to those of adults. If it is passed in its present form it will erode the hard fought for... Keep Reading
I became interested in suicide in the early 1990s after there had been a leap in its prevalence among young people. The suicide rate for New Zealand males aged 15-19 years had doubled from 16 per 100,000 in 1985 to 32 per 100,000 in 1988. This spectacular and sustained rise had given New Zealand the highest youth suicide rate among the OECD... Keep Reading
An open letter to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, Australia regarding children in Australian Commonwealth Government detention centres
This blog post is in the form of an open letter. We, the undersigned are senior New Zealand paediatricians and child health workers experienced in the care of children and their protection from ill-treatment. We are concerned for the children detained by the Australian Commonwealth Government in the immigration detention centres on Nauru and... Keep Reading
There was an interesting article in Saturday’s Herald based on an interview with Dame Sylvia Cartwright who has returned to New Zealand this year from her work in Cambodia. She has been a champion of human rights in this country and internationally. I was reminded how she courageously spoke out in defence of children’s right to not be... Keep Reading
This month we have heard two of the child poverty deniers’ favourite stories. One today from our Minister of Finance is that the poverty of some children included in child advocacy statistics is only relative and therefore not significant. The other a few weeks back from the Australian Prime Minister is that the poverty of some indigenous... Keep Reading
The two myths of ‘deserved poverty’ and ‘bracing poverty’ must be replaced by seeing the person, not the stereotype and evoking the human values of community and compassion. I was young during the hippy era. We have a strange hat that I now wear in the garden that we bought in Kings Road, Chelsea. The Beatles&rsq... Keep Reading
UNICEF NZ is proud to sponsor The Revolutionary Optimists at the 2014 Documentary Edge Festival. After successful screenings in Auckland the festival moves to Wellington later this week. The film follows a youth worker and four of the children he works with on an inspiring journey through adolescence, as they challenge the idea that... Keep Reading