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To whose advantage would a sociopath, insensitive multimillionaire eradicate child poverty?

Posted by te2ataria on October 4, 2016

Sent by a reader in Sewage City [aka, “Wellington”]

PM on measuring and targeting child poverty: “watch my lips!”

[To eliminate poverty, you must redistribute wealth evenly across the “nation.” Do you honestly see the Mammon-worshiping Key, one of the embodiments of Satan in New Zealand, parting with his ill-gotten wealth anytime soon?  –Moderator]

John key has refused to measure and target child poverty, “preferring a model that focuses on particular issues affecting at-risk children, such as rheumatic fever.”

So, a child cannot be said to be living in poverty, unless he is afflicted with rheumatic fever?

NZ PM compares stats on kids in poverty to counting rats!

“it’s more binary in terms of whether there’s a rat, a stoat or a possum there or whether there isn’t because you can understand that”, said the self-declared “smiling assassin.”

Child Poverty in New Zealand

UNICEF: About 305,000 New Zealand children spend their childhoods living in poverty.

[Moderators Notes:
NZ population: 4.72 million.
Age structure changes in year ended 30 June 2016: Children (aged 0–14 years) were 19.6 percent (921,500) of the population at 30 June 2016, according to Statesticals NZ. That makes very nearly 1 in every 3 kids living in poverty.]

New Zealand has the highest rates of inequality among the OECD countries. In 2015, the top 10% of households owned 60% of total wealth, while the bottom 40% held just 3%. European people’s individual net worth was $114,000; Asian people’s $33,000; Māori people’s $23,000; and Pacific people’s individual net worth at under $12,000.

We have about 305,000 children living in poverty and half of them go without basic needs, according to the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Three out of five children living in poverty, that’s over 183,000 children, are living in “persistent poverty” and will live that way for many years.

Bottom Line?

The shameless assassin, sociopath Key will not set a target to fight child poverty in New Zealand.

One Response to “To whose advantage would a sociopath, insensitive multimillionaire eradicate child poverty?”

  1. Tom Reilly said

    “UN scorecard on Child Rights for NZ presents challenge to address child poverty”

    Urgent measures were needed on issues to deal with violence, abuse and neglect, children deprived of a family environment, standards of living, children belonging to minority or indigenous groups, child labour, and juvenile justice, the committee said.

    The report is the committee’s five-yearly scorecard on New Zealand’s level of compliance with its obligations towards the country’s children as part of the UN.

    The committee suggested New Zealand consider changing the name of the proposed Ministry for Vulnerable Children, stating the state should avoid categorising children, and the name could lead to stigmatisation.

    Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft has voiced his concerns over the name and said he will only use the Maori name for the ministry, Oranga Tamariki.

    The UN branded the name “strange” at a convention in Geneva last month,

    In defence, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley told the committee the Government carried out work through other ministries to see all children thrive, but there was an “unashamed” focus on the most vulnerable.

    Becroft said the report was “comprehensive, clear and should be acted upon”.

    “I see no point in signing up to say we’ll do this and not applying it,” Becroft said, speaking from Seattle.

    Fulfilling the recommendations were part of New Zealand’s role as “a good international citizen”.

    The report recommended New Zealand try 17-year-olds under the youth justice system, which Becroft said he was pleased with.

    “New Zealand has been in breach of this obligation for decades, but by definition under the convention, a child is anyone up to the age of 18.”

    New Zealand needs to agree a measure of poverty, and the Children’s Commissioner’s Office must be properly resourced to oversee this work, the report said.

    Tolley said poverty or material hardship trends for children, “are either flat or falling depending on the measure used”.

    “[C]hild poverty is too complex and multi-faceted to use just one simplistic measure,” Tolley said.

    Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said this was a Government cop-out.

    “None of us want to live in a country where child poverty is considered normal. But [Prime Minister] John Key continues to say it’s too hard to measure – and that’s simply a failure of leadership.”

    Labour’s children’s spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said a systematic approach needs to happen “before more babies are raised in cars or garages”.

    “A proper discussion that includes establishing a national definition of child poverty while setting bold targets would be a great start and is long overdue.

    “There’s a huge amount of consensus in Parliament around the need to take more decisive action on child poverty, though sadly that consensus hasn’t quite extended to the Government yet.”

    The UN committee recommends that there be more consultation with children in the drafting of laws.

    The government has made some progress for children, including reduction in child mortality rates, UNICEF New Zealand executive director Vivien Maidaborn said.

    “But we still haven’t demonstrated that our laws or policies are being designed with every child and all rights in mind.

    “Children’s rights should be a prime organising principle for how we build a better society, not just something we think about later, in a tick the box kind of way.”

    Measures the UN Committee has urged New Zealand to adopt include:

    > systematically address child poverty, in particular Maori and Pasifika children and establish a national definition of poverty
    > substantially increase funding to directly tackle child poverty
    > establish coordinated Government systems to invest in children, track that investment and ensure appropriate measurements of children’s wellbeing
    > strengthen social protection and boost efforts to provide safe and adequate housing to all children


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