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.