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Choose kids: Why investing in children benefits all New Zealanders

Why investing in children benefits all New Zealanders

September 2014

New Zealand needs every single child to thrive in order to support a future of high productivity, innovation, economic growth and improved social cohesion. Currently we have a significant proportion of children who are not getting what they need to thrive. This paper outlines why we will all benefit if we invest better in children so they can succeed.

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Legislating to reduce child poverty

Research brief

John Hancock

May 2014

High levels of child poverty have stark social implications. It is now well documented that children who grow up in poor households are also more likely to experience adverse outcomes in other facets of their life.
There is growing recognition that a systematic policy approach is required if child poverty in New Zealand and its broad social impact are to be sustainably reduced. Using legislation to embed a child poverty reduction strategy is one approach to consider. This Research Brief is based on a research paper by John Hancock and explores the impacts child poverty legislation has had in the UK, and what lessons New Zealand can take from that approach.

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Mitigating poverty with microcredit

Office of the Children's Commissioner

August 2013

This paper discusses the rationale for microfinancing, proposes a definition, comments on the Government’s announcement that it will develop microfinance policy, and canvases key policy parameters.

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Faith communities workshop - agenda

July 2013

The agenda for the workshops held in Auckland and Wellington to support faith leaders to put their commitment to address family violence into action.

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Faith Communities Workshops on Family Violence

Faith communities workshop presentation

Dr Russell Wills

July 2013

The presentation by Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills at the workshops held to support faith leaders to put their commitment to address family violence into action.

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Recognising and addressing domestic violence

Faith communities workshop presentation

Kara Duncan-Hewitt

July 2013

Kara Duncan-Hewitt's presentation at the workshops held to support faith leaders to put their commitment to address family violence into action.

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Looking for our parenting guides or posters?

We have moved to online publication of our reports and guides and no longer have hard copies available to order. We have also discontinued the 'Behaviour' series of brochures and posters.

SKIP (Strategies with kids/Information for parents) has some helpful resources available for parents and those working with parents.

Our popular booklet 'Choose to Hug' is available to download.

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