Charity

UNICEF pimps a report so they can bludge more cash from Kiwis

UNICEF are pimping a report into child poverty that claims more kids than ever before are living below some arbitrary poverty line.

A poverty line that would have three-quarters of the third world gagging at such largesse.

UNICEF says it’s time the Government did something to help lift M?ori and Pasifika children out of poverty, even if it means targeting them because of their race.

About 300,000 Kiwi kids live below the poverty line according to UNICEF. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Saturday slammed New Zealand’s ongoing failure to fix the problem.

UNICEF New Zealand executive director Vivien Maidaborn told The Nation on Sunday the Government’s doing a lot, but the outcomes “don’t stack up” because they aren’t addressing the wider causes of poverty.

“Specific initiatives for children will only ever go so far. It needs to be connected to housing policy, employment policy, economic development.”

The UN report said affirmative action should be taken “if necessary”, and even singled out M?ori and Pasifika children, as well as “ethnic minorities, refugee children, migrant children, children with disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and intersex children and children living with persons from these groups”. ? Read more »

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Are you giving less to charity than a few years ago? UPDATED

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…donations claimed by taxpayers fell to an average of $761 last year, compared to the previous year’s $841. That’s a drop of around ten percent.

The numbers are based on analysis of more than 300,000 tax returns filed with IRD.

MayTax chief executive Lester Binns says a person’s income is not necessarily a reliable indicator of how much they choose to donate. Read more »

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KidsCan Auctions live – Happy bidding

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The Arnott’s Tim Tam Up auctions are now live on Trade Me!

Check out some of the awesome items up for grabs below, all traded up from a packet of Tim Tams. Click to go through to the KidsCan store and take part in the auctions – 100% of all sales will go to KidsCan. Happy bidding!

? Sleepmax Pillow Top King Single Mattress
? Adult Skywalk Double Pass
? Rydges Auckland Voucher ? value $522
? x10 Adult Passes to Hoyts Cinemas
? Rose Fusion 1 Hour Massage voucher
? Safran prepaid coffee cards ? value $120 ?? Read more »

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Public Service Announcement: Help sponsor a KidsCan child

A first-hand account of what it?s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education. ? Read more »

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Public Service Announcement: Help sponsor a KidsCan child

A first-hand account of what it?s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education. ? Read more »

Public Service Announcement: Sponsor a kid with KidsCan

A first-hand account of what it?s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education. ? Read more »

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Public Service Announcement: Sponsor a kid with KidsCan

A first-hand account of what it?s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education. ? Read more »

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Public Service Announcement: Help sponsor a KidsCan child

A first-hand account of what it?s really like for families living in hardship in New Zealand as they send their kids back to school.

KidsCan visited the Waikato with Tristram Clayton and saw Kihikihi School, which is waiting for their support. Mum, Renee Hei Hei, and School Principal, Andy Morgan, talked about the challenges of hungry tummies and making a little money stretch a long way for their kids. They also visited a current KidsCan partner school, Waihi Central School, and spoke with the principal about how KidsCan is helping the school and their kids focus on the important stuff – their education. ? Read more »

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Want to eat John Key’s lettuce?

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Supplied, via NZ Herald

 

On appearance, there’s nothing particularly special about the lettuce sprouting up from a garden box at Otakaro Orchard in Christchurch.

Sure, it’s well-formed and bug-free, but, with only a week or two before being harvest-ready, the frilly vegetable is still on the smaller side.

The only reason it’s been listed on Trade Me for four times what you’d pay for it at the supermarket happens to be that it was the first lettuce Prime Minister John Key planted. Read more »

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Amazing positive health impact from KidsCan initiative

Yesterday I spent several hours visiting a couple of schools with KidsCan.

During the visits we were assessing with the principal the impact of various programmes that KidsCan operates in the schools, including some I’d never heard of before the visits.

Most people know that KidsCan provides food in schools in conjunction with major corporates, but they also provide raincoats, jackets, shoes?and nit treatment.

Both schools said that the Warriors-branded jackets were very popular and had made a difference with keeping kids warm in winter months.

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