Child Poverty


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Too many of our whānau are trapped in a poverty cycle. There is a shortage of housing, homelessness is out of control, we have more than 280,000 children living below the poverty line, 40,000 of them are admitted to hospital every year with preventable illnesses, and tens of thousands are living in cars, caravans, car cases, and in damp, overcrowded conditions.

On top of that society is facing record levels of family and sexual violence, abuse, neglect, gambling, drug and alcohol addiction and unemployment that add immense pressures to the already tough life faced by many families.

And all of those social ills impact most, on our children. 

Treasury has identified children at risk as being: those who have been the subject of a CYFs hui, or who have born to a beneficiary, to a criminal, or to an uneducated mother.

MANA believes however, that we are facing a deepening crisis in child poverty and that all of our children are at risk and all of our tamariki need help.

MANA believes in a positive strategy of investing in our tamariki and their whānau, to help reduce the future cost of health care and crime, and to give every child the opportunity of a decent life 

MANA policy priorities are to: 

  • ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY as the nation’s most urgent priority
  • Ensure all government policy meets the needs of our children
  • FEED THE KIDS - provide free breakfasts and lunches to all children in schools from ECE to secondary, starting in low decile areas
  • Provide FREE EDUCATION for every child
  • Provide more support staff in low decile schools / kura
    • Provide FREE HEALTH CARE, including mental health services, for children and young people
    • Ensure every child has access to a WARM, SAFE HOME 

MANA also believes that we should adopt simple solutions to address the devastating poverty that drains whanau struggling to meet daily costs, and makes it impossible for children to have a full and positive life. We have addressed all of those areas in our other policies, particularly those of Taxation, Education, Health, Housing, Social Wellbeing and Livelihoods and we encourage people to read them all as part of MANA’s campaign to restore the balance in our society. 

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