Porirua so­lu­tions

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

The TV3 doc­u­men­tary on poverty and chil­dren is the most damning re­port on so­cial well­be­ing in Porirua I have seen in 41 years of liv­ing in Porirua.

Us­ing Porirua as a case study, the re­port states that the chil­dren liv­ing in poverty in New Zealand are the sec­ond worst in the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, with only Turkey be­ing at the bot­tom.

Swedish pae­di­a­tri­cians ob­served that in Porirua they found dis­eases among chil­dren which had been elim­i­nated in Swe­den for more than 100 years.

We need to con­sider our own re­spon­si­bil­ity. Not only have we voted for poli­cies which ig­nore the plight of chil­dren, we have al­lowed our lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to wash their hands of any re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­spond to child poverty in Porirua.

The chil­dren por­trayed in the doc­u­men­tary are our chil­dren. Their suf­fer­ing calls for our love and con­cern. Do we need to have a city-based con­fer­ence which brings to­gether par­ents and care givers, lo­cal so­cial ser­vice providers, and the national agen­cies for health, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and eth­nic af­fairs?

We need Porirua so­lu­tions for Porirua peo­ple.

Abridged DON BOR­RIE, Ti­tahi Bay.

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