Press Release

Community Candidates Forum: Have your say!

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PLEASE NOTE! CHANGE OF VENUE INFORMATION

UCAN FORUM VENUE CHANGE Poster ( A4)UCAN is hosting a community public forum in the southern Wellington suburb of Newtown, in the Newtown Community Hall, on the corner of Constable and Daniel St

We have invited candidates to come and join the forum so they can hear first hand people’s experience trying to get the health care that they need.
Candidates include
Paul Eagle Labour Party
Jan Logie Green Party.

We also will have speakers representing The Living Wage Movement and The Equality Network.

Special appearance from The Brass Razoo Band!

We hope you can join in this important conversation.

We hope we’ll see you there at the Newtown Community Hall, on the corner of Constable and Daniel St. 2nd September 1-2 pm.

UCAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Presenting the Health Charter to Parliament

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UCAN has organized a gathering at Parliament steps on Tuesday 15 August, at 12.30, to present the aspirational Health Charter to elected MPs.

Members of UCAN will be presenting the UCAN Health Charter and the UCAN Election statement to members of parliament on the steps of the beehive to Labour MP Grant Robertson and Green MP Jan Logie.

We will then hear from Jan Logie and Grant Robertson on their acceptance of the UCAN Health Charter and statement.

There will also be comment from The Equality Network and The Living Wage movement.

Please come and join us for this event

Action Groups work jointly on Child Poverty

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PRESS RELEASE 21-4-17

UCAN, United Community Action Network’s Health Charter has received endorsement from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

CPAG, an independent charity established in 1994, has maintained a robust focus on the elimination of poverty for the children of Aotearoa. Doctors, teachers, academics, healthcare workers and many other committed people contribute to the body of research and reportage that CPAG produces.

Approximately three hundred thousand children live in poverty in Aotearoa. If you add to this the older siblings, parents, extended family and whanau, the burden of poverty escalates. The long term impacts of poverty are widely documented: the tragic loss of potential of the children; increased difficulty in accessing affordable physical and mental healthcare; the increase in incidence of domestic violence; poorer educational outcomes; limited access to decent accommodation; and the tailspin of homelessness. This is an avoidable situation. There needs to be a willingness to engage, innovate, and reduce the impacts of these situations for the benefit of all.

CPAG states “child poverty could be eliminated completely. It’s all about Choice.” UCAN agrees, and this unfolding disaster is a failure of political policy and loss of values based politics.

UCAN spokesperson, Debbie Leyland, says, “These conditions need to be considered as the escalating crisis that it is. It’s brilliant, but also a tragedy, that organisations like CPAG are active and necessary. They are essential in these times to document and report the struggles of the most vulnerable among us. There is something seriously broken in New Zealand.”

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