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Practical new school food programme guides released

February 2014

Practical new guides for schools wishing to introduce food programmes have been released by Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills today.
The guidelines provide clear advice to schools, whether they are thinking about where to start or wanting to improve an existing food programme. They can be used by primary, intermediate and secondary schools of all deciles and in all communities.

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Some gains for children in 20 years but slow progress

December 2013

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills comments on the UNICEF New Zealand report which outlines progress since UNCROC was ratified in 1993.

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New Zealand's first monitor of child poverty released

December 2013

The Child Poverty Monitor is a joint project by the Children’s Commissioner, J R McKenzie Trust and Otago University’s NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES). For the next five years it will publish four measures of child poverty: income poverty, material hardship, severe poverty and persistent poverty. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the problem and monitor New Zealand’s progress in reducing each of these measures.

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Commissioner congratulates Health Select Committee on report

November 2013

Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says the Health Select Committee has made some courageous recommendations that have enormous potential to improve children’s lives.

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Open letter from Children's Commissioner

November 2013

To those it concerns,

Do your children see you get angry and shout? Have they watched you lash out at their mum? Do they cower in the corner when you enter a room? Are they frightened of you?
It doesn’t have to be like this for your children. It shouldn’t be like this.
Read more in the PDF link below.

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Good progress on child poverty but big task still ahead, Children’s Commissioner’s expert group says

Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty

October 2013

Reducing child poverty is our most important social challenge and New Zealand needs to get more serious about the task ahead, an expert group on child poverty says.

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