Top of page

New report reveals Maori, Pacific and children with disabilities left behind

Portrait of little boy outdoors at the day time.

The latest child poverty monitor report reveals that the government is meeting its targets in reducing child poverty for Pakeha children, but more targeted and focussed support is required for Pacific, Maori and Disabled children who continue to be left behind.

“The government has shown us through the pandemic they’re willing to support businesses and workers with very generous wage subsidies, but are ok to scapegoat children and families as covid collateral” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Brooke Pao Stanley.

What’s especially heart-breaking is that it continues to be marginalised communities that are left out – our Maori, Pacific and Disabled babies deserve so much better than what we’re currently doing for them. These statistics don’t even cover the impact of Covid either, so they’re likely to be worse than what was released yesterday.

What we need is a holistic health response to Covid – we need to treat health in a way that isn’t just this huge drive to get people vaccinated. We need to look at housing, at incomes, at meaningful work, at our public services we provide. Covid and climate change is revealing to us the extent of change needed, and we need to get real about it.

You might also like

Assistant helping disabled woman in wheelchair move around city Assistant helping disabled woman in wheelchair move around city

Funding and volunteer shortages threaten disability community programs

A new report released by the National Disability Services (NDS)…

Walmart store Walmart store

EEOC takes legal action against Walmart for disability discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit…

girl with ADHD playing girl with ADHD playing

Greens proposal for Senate Inquiry into ADHD care receives senate backing

The Australian Senate has backed a proposal by the Greens…

Ombudsman to investigate cases of people with developmental disabilities

The Ombudsman’s office has announced that it will investigate cases…