Our children are our future, so we must give them the best possible start in life.
One of our top priorities in 2011 is to bring 100,000 children out of poverty. Read our detailed plan to achieve this.
If we keep our children safe and guarantee them the essentials - like a warm, dry home, food to grow healthy and strong, loving care, and a quality education - we guarantee their opportunities for life.
Too many kids in New Zealand don't have access to the essentials, and this hurts their health and their chances later in life. The first step to supporting these kids is to help their families cope financially and enable their parents to spend time with their children.
Recent news about Children's Issues
Marama Davidson responded to calls for her to resign from the Owen Glenn Inquiry into domestic violence and child abuse, saying she won't be dictated to, and will make up her own mind on the best way forward. More
A new report that shows reducing inequalities and focusing on both the family and the community are critical to reducing child abuse has been welcomed by the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti candidate for the Green Party. More
The Green Party welcomes the report which shows that reducing inequalities and focusing on both the family and the community are critical to reducing violence in children's lives. More
The Health Minister is wrong to say that every low decile primary and intermediate school has their own dedicated school nurse, which is why principals, teachers and nurses say they are desperately needed, the Green Party said today. More
The Green Party has announced a plan to put nurses into every low decile primary and intermediate school in New Zealand. More
I want to acknowledge the Christchurch community in the rebuilding of this beautiful place, and I also want to acknowledge all the schools, families, communities and children affected by the recent school reorganisation
The National Government has trivialised child poverty, and the needs of a quarter of Kiwi kids, by ignoring most recommendations from the Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty, the Green Party said today. More
The Government's final response to recommendations made by the expert advisory group on solutions to child poverty is a cop out leaving the extensive work carried out by the Children's Commission largely ignored, the Green Party said today. More
Today's food in schools announcement is a victory for people power, and the next step is to tackle the causes of poverty, the Green Party said today. More
The National Government's head in the sand approach to poverty means Pacific children are being denied the same opportunities to thrive as others, the Green Party said today. More
Pre-budget talk of a big focus on child poverty has proven to be nothing more than hot air, with budget announcements falling well short of what is needed to help the 250,000 New Zealand kids that live in poverty, says Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei. More
This Education Amendment Bill is ridiculous, and it is also quite sick. It takes some of our most vulnerable students and is going to try and use them as lab rats for a profit-making experiment, which has failed all over the world, and which at best More
The National Government's rheumatic fever funding announcement is just a Band-Aid on another problem that it is avoiding tackling, the Green Party says. More
We remain concerned that this bill dilutes the governance of the Families Commission and neuters its ability to provide free and frank and independent advice. More
Two new health reports identifying damp housing as one of the root causes of child illness is further evidence of the need to extend the successful Warm Up New Zealand insulation scheme, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today. More