17 Jun 2014

Groups unite over child poverty

9:46 pm on 17 June 2014

The founder of a national child charity says the sector is drowning with research about child poverty and needs to start building solutions.

Anton Blank, who heads Mana Ririki, says child advocacy groups need to distil what they want after five years of discussing the problem.

A new campaign launched on Tuesday, Tick for Kids, would force the issue to be important in election year, he said.

"Working in the sector, sometimes I feel as though I am drowning in an overload of data and research and policy solutions. And yet despite this cacophony, we've seen very little real change for our most vulnerable children to date."

Mr Blank said one of the policies to push for is the Universal Child Benefit.

More than 30 groups are part of the Tick for Kids campaign, including UNICEF, Amnesty International and the New Zealand Paediatric Society.