New Zealand should be the best place in the world to grow up. But for 270,000 Kiwi children currently in poverty, that’s just not the case.
Persistent poverty damages a child for the rest of their life. And it damages our country. We’re spending over $6 billion a year on preventable crime, illness and lost educational opportunities – the direct cost of keeping kids in poverty.
Many of our poorest children are excluded from getting the same support the state gives other kids who need it, because their parents don’t work enough.
These kids need champions to make sure Parliament understands that ordinary New Zealanders want the best for all our kids, regardless of who their parents are.
Our bill to extend the Working For Families In-Work Tax Credit support payment to every Kiwi child who needs it has been narrowly defeated by 61-60 votes in Parliament. You can’t get any closer than that.
Thank you all for the support you've given and actions you took, that got us so close to helping our most vulnerable children. It takes many steps to secure the good life and the fair future that all our children deserve. This bill wasn't the first, and it won't be the last.
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Russel Norman to Steven Joyce on wage growth compared to increased cost of living over National's time in Government11 Feb 2014 | Oral Question
- 28 Jan 2014 | Press Release