Govt plan to tackle child poverty
The first day of parliament of 2018 saw the government introduce a key policy.
The Prime Minister is about to set out the government's plan to reducing child poverty.
It's one of the key goals of the coalition government and the plan will be formalised with new legislation.
The new bill to eradicate child poverty - is a first for any New Zealand government, but according to MP Marama Davidson, it isn’t a new initiative for the Greens Party.
“I tū kaha mātou mai rānō ki te whakakore, ki te whakamana i ngā whānau, i ngā tamariki katoa ki te manaaki, ki te tiaki i ngā whānau katoa ahakoa te aha. Ka tino tautoko te Rōpū Kākāriki i te hiahia o te Pirimia a Jacinda Ardern ki te whakaiti i te nuinga o ngā tamariki mokopuna e noho rawa kore ana.”
And the Prime Minister is sticking to what she promised.
“The purpose of the bill is to create a commitment from governments and hopefully beyond this one, to ending the argument around what child poverty looks like in New Zealand, to set up the measures for it and governments being required to set targets to reduce it now and in the future.”
According to Bill English, National is considering whether it will support this bill.
“We would take up any opportunity that's given, but the government, as I’ve said, it's only dealing with one half of the equation and we're concerned this could turn into just symbolism and good intentions without a clear plan about what's going to happen.”
And Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta hopes that through these goals, people will be alleviated by the pressured of poverty.
“Ko te tūmanako ka āhei ngā tāngata te kite mai ā mātou nei mahi e whakamāmātia ngā āhuatanga kei runga i te hunga pōhara, anā, kia kite ngā painga, kia tukuna atu kia riro atu ki ngā tamariki.”