Diane Robertson says the situation for our poorest families is getting worse and things will not improve until a consensus is reached.
‘‘If you look at the last 15 years this isn’t just a result of a recession. This is a result of every government not putting children at the core,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s not just National, it’s not just Labour. This has to become an apolitical, structural issue before something will change.
‘‘If we want new roads or trains or a railway loop that’s all we will hear, that’s all we focus on.
‘‘When do we hear about children? What politician, what party, what part of society is actually standing up and saying ‘kids aren’t the centre of this because we are throwing 25 per cent of them away’?
‘‘Until we do that there is not going to be much of a change.’’