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Hawke's Bay schools benefit from KidsCan programme

In the Media
Thu 7 Feb 2019
The simple act of putting snacks on a table has seen students at Tamatea Intermediate flourish. Not only did their focus improve, but so did the achievement levels. Now, several months on, and with the help of nationwide charitable trust KidsCan, the needs of about 400 students have been met - regardless of their financial status.

Beach Haven Primary School receives generous makeover

KidsCan News
Fri 1 Feb 2019
The kids of Beach Haven Primary School will be welcomed back to school in 2019 with a completely refurbished schoolyard thanks to the School Buddy programme launched by Kennards Hire in partnership with national children’s charity KidsCan.

One in five children in low-decile schools heading back to school hungry

KidsCan News
Tue 29 Jan 2019
As back to school costs mount, families living in hardship are struggling to provide the essentials for their children.

Hungry children won't show up for new school year, principal says

KidsCan News
Sun 27 Jan 2019
When the bell sounds for the start of the school year at south Auckland's Anchorage Park School some of the chairs are likely to be empty, principal Belinda Johnston says.

Inside the school with the toughest kids in town

KidsCan News
Thu 24 Jan 2019
You know them as the troublemakers. The kids creating chaos in class - ignoring the teacher, disrupting others, unable to just sit still and learn. They're the kids other schools get rid of. We see them as the kids we need to hold on to.
Child Poverty Monitor 2018

Child Poverty Monitor 2018 Technical Report

In the Media
Mon 10 Dec 2018
The Child Poverty Monitor comprises a partnership between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) at the University of Otago, and the J R McKenzie Trust.

160,000 hungry kids need your help today

KidsCan News
Mon 10 Dec 2018
KidsCan is urging more action after this year’s Child Poverty Monitor found one in five New Zealand children – more than 160,000 kids - live in households without access to either enough food, or enough healthy food.  

'I shut my door and burst into tears': Principal of one of NZ's most challenging schools

KidsCan News
Mon 26 Nov 2018
At 9am on my first day as principal of a small primary school, I shut my office door and burst into tears. After just 30 minutes on the job, I'd been sworn at by a child, abused by a parent, and a teacher had threatened to walk out. It only got worse. 

You can help us change children's lives too

KidsCan News
Mon 5 Nov 2018
KidsCan, supported by Meridian Energy, has distributed over 168,000 pairs of shoes and 337,000 pairs of socks to schools throughout New Zealand. Hear what the kids have to say about their shoes. 

KidsCan survey exposes extent of period poverty in New Zealand

KidsCan News
Thu 1 Nov 2018
Almost a quarter of New Zealand women who responded to a KidsCan survey have missed school or work because they have been unable to afford sanitary items.