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Budget 2015: Commissioner's statement

“I’m surprised” says Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills following today’s Budget announcement. “I wasn’t expecting Government to increase incomes for the poorest families with children.”

“I’m pleased to see the Government has recognised that incomes for families with children matter, and has raised incomes for both beneficiary families and those working.

“A weekly rise in benefits of up to $25 for families at the hardest end will be helpful for a family with one child, though less so for those with more children, as the increase is per family, rather than per child. It’s also a pity these children have to wait another year - a year is a long time in the life of a child.

“Let’s be clear, a one-off increase is not a plan for child poverty.

 

Read the Commissioner's full statement.

Read the Government's statements on the Budget

Submission: To train up a child

'To Train Up A Child' should be classified as objectionable under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act 1993, according to the Office of the Children's Commissioner.

The book deals with serious physical harm and significant cruelty as well as degrading, demeaning and de-humanising conduct, and it promotes and encourages criminal acts.

A submission with the recommendation to classify the book as 'objectionable' has been made to the Office of Film and Literature Classification. You can read it here (please note there are some direct quotes from the book contained in the submission). 

Read the NZ Herald story about this book

Giving2Kids - available now

Agiving2kids

Giving2Kids is a new project - all about helping givers invest wisely in kiwi kids.

It supports organisations and socially-minded businesses wanting to improve the lives of children. It provides information and ideas on why, how and where to donate or invest.

Giving2Kids includes more than 50 practical ideas to get started.  

A joint initiative by the Children's Commissioner and Philanthropy New Zealand.

Check out Giving2Kids

Concerned about a child’s wellbeing?

If you’re concerned about the immediate wellbeing of a child or young person, call:

  • Police on 111
  • Child, Youth and Family on 0508 FAMILY (0508 326 459)

Looking for advice on children's rights?

Contact our Child Rights Line by:

  • calling us on 0800 224 453 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If you need an interpreter, just ask for ‘language line’ and the language you want when you call us
  • emailing advice@occ.org.nz

About the Commissioner

Dr Russell Wills combines his role as Commissioner with his work as a paediatrician at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.
(Photo: NZ Listener/Hagen Hopkins)

Find out more about Russell