22 August 2013
Malcolm Aitken gives big Tick for Kids
Wellington City Council candidate, Malcolm Aitken, today pledged his commitment to the Tick for Kids campaign.
The campaign is being run by the Every Child Counts Coalition, made up of Barnardos, Plunket, UNICEF, Save the Children
and Mana Ririki, organisations working hard to protect and enhance New Zealand children’s well-being.
“For council candidates, Tick for Kids is about supporting minimum standards for our children regarding their basic
rights and considering and involving them in policy making,” said Mr Aitken, who is the Labour candidate in the
“Every council and DHB candidate in Wellington who believes children deserve the protections and minimum standards in
this charter should sign up to it. Let’s all get behind organisations like these.
“To anyone who asks ‘but should local government be involved in policy on, for example, child poverty?’ I reply ‘local
government, like central government, has a responsibility to contribute to tackling our appalling rates of child poverty
and deprivation in New Zealand. Asking whether local government should be involved is missing the point.’ These issues
need action. Now.
“We’re putting the reckless pursuit of profit in some cases and a host of other excuses ahead of dealing with child
poverty and I know many Wellingtonians among others have had enough. Everyone who can, needs to act, in the absence of
any real effort from a number of key decision makers.
“I call upon everyone who’s running for a council or a DHB in the Wellington region to make a stand.”
Tick for Kids for council and DHB candidates.
We invite candidates to commit to:
1. Ensuring your Council monitors and evaluates all policies to ensure the interests of children and young people are
put to the forefront.
2. Advocating your town or city become an accredited ‘Child Friendly City’ www.childfriendlycities.org.nz
3. Working to support every child’s right to a standard of living that meets their needs by reducing health, education
and income disparities in your town or city. A good starting point is commitment to the principle of becoming a Living
4. Increasing your Council investment in children and young people – particularly in the early years - and ensuring
spending on them is equitable (relative to other age groups) and effective.
5. Working to ensure all children in your town or city have affordable and healthy housing, by improving the provision
of housing that meets minimum health and safety requirements.
6. Building support for quality education within your community, including advocating for the right of every child to
have a qualified and registered teacher.
7. Supporting local community-led planning and policy development that includes children’s voices in order to build
healthy, connected communities and effective support for children and their parents.
8. Ensure the provision of accessible recreation and cultural facilities for all children.
9. Ensure that children have a range of transport options (whether that be by public transport, pedestrian or by bike)
that meet their needs and are affordable, sustainable and safe.
10. Providing a child-friendly workplace for all Council staff.