The Green Party is calling on ordinary New Zealanders to join a new campaign to tackle child poverty.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei launched the Champions for Children campaign with Laughing Samoans member Tofiga Fepulea'i at Wellington's Miramar South School on Tuesday.
Ms Turei and Mr Fepulea'i were joined by the school's pupils in making colourful footprints on a banner calling for New Zealanders to "take a step" to help end child poverty.
As the first step, Ms Turei is asking the public to email Prime Minister John Key and ask the government to support her bill to extend the in-work tax credits to the children of beneficiary and student families.
"Our poorest kids need John Key to do something to help them. By supporting my bill he will allow us all to have a serious debate about how we want to tackle child poverty," she said.
The Green Party is also encouraging the public to make a submission on the paper by the Office of the Children's Commissioner on solutions to child poverty, to sign up as champions on the Green Party's website "and agree to take more steps in the future".
source: newshub archive