Greens aim to end child poverty

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 13:07 11/09/2012

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The Greens want everyone to step up to end child poverty.

At the launch of their campaign at Miramar South School this morning party co-leader Metiria Turei said New Zealand should be a great place to grow up.

The main plank of their campaign is Turei's members bill which would make the in-work tax credit available to all parents - workers and beneficiaries.

The Government has already ruled out the move while Labour has said it will support the bill to its first reading.

Turei said 234,000 kids lived in beneficiary families that did not receive the extra $60-$90 a week.

The Green Party also supports having a universal child payment.

"None of us want children living in cold damp homes, or going to school with an empty tummy."

The Greens' "take the step to help end child poverty" campaign calls on the public to organise events to raise awareness and write to politicians.

About 20 students from the school attended the launch and then painted their feet and printed their footprints on a banner.

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