Campaign for a Budget to End Child Poverty Launched

Media Release: For Immediate Release

4 May 2015

Campaign for a Budget to End Child Poverty Launched

Grassroots campaigning group ActionStation has teamed up with UNICEF, Child Poverty Action Group, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, members of the the Equality Network and Tick for Kids partners to launch a petition calling on the government to take real action on child poverty in Budget 2015 by treating all children equally and boosting the incomes of the poorest families in New Zealand.

“Since we launched in July last year, ActionStation members have consistently ranked child poverty in their top three issues of concern.” says ActionStation National Director, Marianne Elliott. “So we’ve teamed up with New Zealand’s leading independent experts and advocates on child poverty to call for change for our most vulnerable children.”

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TV3 and MediaWorks bosses refuse to receive Save Campbell Live petition, people respond with crowdfunded video message.

More than 90,000 New Zealanders have signed the joint ActionStation, Scoop Media and Change.org petitions to save Campbell Live. Today 100 - 200 people marched to MediaWorks in Auckland to deliver the petition, but when campaigners showed up at the MediaWorks office to deliver those signatures, MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon and Head of News Mark Jennings refused to receive them.

The petition was originally to be delivered via this crowdfunded television commercial:

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Petition numbers convert into ratings for Campbell Live

Almost 70,000 New Zealanders have signed local campaign group ActionStation’s petition to save TV3 current affairs show Campbell Live and overnight those same people raised $10,000 to fund a creative petition delivery that will be, according to Campaign Director Laura O’Connell-Rapira, impossible to ignore. 

John Campbell has thanked organisers of the petition for their support, but some media commentators have criticised the campaigners efforts, arguing that petitions won’t change anything, only ratings will. They may, however, have underestimated the power of petitions to rally Campbell’s fans into action. 

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