April 2014 E-Newsletter
Word from the Chair
The past month has seen some very interesting facts and figures come to light AGAIN in regards to child abuse and neglect in New Zealand across various media mediums. I am trying to get my head around just how many times we have to hear that New Zealand has a problem with child abuse and neglect. The Trust for the past 8 years has not stopped raising the awareness to our supporters, to our political and community leaders and to the media about this underbelly epidemic in this country. that there is a problem. Only last month we sent out our Declaration to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect and specifically providing a snapshot of at least 50 children who have died in the past 24 years as a result of child abuse.
My question is – what will it take for the more New Zealanders to speak up, for politicians to make this matter a priority with its party policies? Causes such as Poverty, Alcohol & Drugs and Poor Parenting have been identified (refer to Nigel Latta piece) but we at the Trust go further and say it also includes the breakdown of families, the demise of marriage in our society and we’ll even say it has also a lot to do with New Zealand losing all understanding of the values and principals this Nation was built on – Christian values to include love, care, hope and faith.
My good friend Henare O’Keefe spoke on the Nigel Latta programme and he said it starts in the home, ‘fix the home you’ll fix the community’. Home is where the heart is – but we only have to look at the status of the home makeup and it comes as no surprise why there is such a huge increase in family violence in New Zealand.
Right now, I am being asked to review a number of documents/papers concerning poverty, its meaning, its relevance, its impact on our children. Poverty of the spirit (wairoa) – the absence of faith, love, hope and care are just the tip of the iceberg to why people hurt other people. If this is absent in a parent(s) it then is absent in the home to which a child is supposed to call its safe haven.
Alleviating Child Poverty, by Dr Muriel Newman
The Trust thought our supporters would be interested in this very informative article by Dr Muriel Newman, who is a Trustee. Please feel free to provide any feedback to us.
Child poverty is likely to be one of the big issues in the 2014 general election.
On the political left are a line-up of parties that are trying to make the case that child poverty in New Zealand is going from bad to worse – the so-called gap between rich and poor is growing wider, the working poor are losing out to others, and more than a third of all children are living in poverty. Read More
For the Sake of Our Children Trust were pleased to attend the fundraising event for the Amokura House- a safe home for teen mothers to develop their education, parenting and life skills, Friday 4 April 2014 at Florence Court, Auckland.
For the Sake of Our Children Trust will keep our supporters updated on the progress of Amokura House
The Aspiring Leaders' Forum is an annual four day event that brings together the brightest, most committed and courageous young leaders from across all sectors and towns in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is run largely by a community of volunteers, which continues to grow after each successful event. Read More