Poverty In NZ Families Highlighted By Campbell Live 16 May 2012

The Issue of Poverty In New Zealand  Was Addressed on ‘Campbell Live’, TV3, 16th and 17th May, 2012.

Apologies to you, John Campbell.  I have already commented in the previous post on the topic of the child with severe allergies whose story you told last night.  I pointed out that childhood vaccinations are one of the most probable causes of a child having such extreme allergies.  But – the good criticism should have come first.

This post is in TOTAL PRAISE of your fantastic efforts and coverage on the very concerning issue of CHILD POVERTY IN NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS.


Children cannot learn when they have hunger pains in their bellies.  And they cannot learn either if they got wet walking to school in the rain without a raincoat.  Getting wet in the morning before school means that a child has to sit in his or her wet clothes for the whole day.  This is not only bad for the child’s concentration, but is extremely bad for the child’s health.  Staying in wet clothes all day leads to bronchitis, pneumonia and other chest infections, as well as lowering the immunity so that the effect of flu and childhood illnesses may be worsened.

All children need a good rain-coat.

And children also need shoes.  Having cold feet because you have no shoes, or shoes which are falling apart, does nothing to enhance a child’s concentration so that they can take in the lessons for the day.  Perhaps going bare-feet is a good and healthy thing in the summertime when you are at the beach, but having cold feet throughout the winter when it is cold and wet is  very bad for the health.

Children Need Adequate Food.  All children need at least one good meal a day. It they do not have this, and do not have a lunch provided for them each day, then their health will suffer, and their ability to learn will be undermined.

So good on you, John Campbell.  This isn’t the first programme of yours which has brought the spot-light to the issue of child poverty in New Zealand.  You discussed poverty in New Zealand, and how it is affecting young families, on your programme, ‘Campbell Live’, about a year ago.  One programme I saw was on or around the 10th May, 2011, and another was on or around the 27th July, 2011.

John Campbell again discussed the issue of children in need in New Zealand, on ‘Campbell Live’ tonight.  Three school principals on the show said  that many children in their schools were deprived of the basic requirements in life, and spoke about how many children had no school  lunches, or had no shoes or raincoats.

What a wonderful thing that John Campbell is again highlighting the issue of poverty in New Zealand.  Families are struggling even more now because of the extra GST the national government added to our already pricey food and an already existing GST tax.  Jobs are scare, and government help seems to be in decline.

John Campbell and his producers of ‘Campbell Live’ are doing their best to do something constructive about the situation of deprived children in New Zealand.  On his programme, John explained how we could each of us help by sponsoring and supporting one child for a whole year.  He also gave us the web address where people could send donations, and also said that donations would also be accepted at TV3’s ‘Campbell Live’ address.

The following night – on the 17th May, 2012, $110,000 had been pledged by New Zealanders after John’s show had asked for donations.  This money would provide the essentials for one child for the whole year.  Just $15 a week provided by one sponsor for one child would provide the sponsored child with a lunch every day of the school year, a raincoat, and new shoes.

John showed the shoes of one poor child on tonight’s show – a dilapidated, confidence-destroying, mottley pair of slippers which would do nothing to foster good self-esteem.  With the donations the public is sending in for these children in need, hopefully no child will have to go hungry, or go without a raincoat and sturdy shoes to get him or her to from home to school and back.


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