Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Russell Wills – Public hero number one

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills credits an inspirational intermediate teacher with guiding his excessive energy onto a more productive path of helping others. He talks to Michelle Nixon. Russell Wills is…

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Free the poor – another world is possible

By Jane Blaikie 2 January, 2014

Sometime in the spring of 1937 my grandmother ran into a paddock in East Otago and called other people’s ducks from the sky. She recognised the ducks as domesticated, my…

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Kids' experiences leave long-term scars

By Jane Blaikie 26 October, 2013

He might not be superman, but Jonathan Boston is everywhere in the current debate on child poverty. He speaks out in public with as much passion as a professor can…

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Child poverty: the too-hard basket

By Jenny Davies 7 January, 2013

“New Zealand has chosen to tolerate significant child deprivation. We could choose otherwise,” says Jonathon Boston, academic and co chair of the Expert Advisory Group on child poverty set up…

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