Put taxes towards stopping poverty, not entertainment facilities

Put taxes towards stopping poverty, not entertainment facilities

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Abby S started this petition to Christchurch City Council

Throughout the world, child poverty is a very prominent and pronounced issue. There are approximately 385 million children living in poverty around the world and 1 in 4 children in the worlds richest countries live in material hardship. These children are caught in a cycle that doesn't stop unless prevented by other people. THEY NEED HELP and fast before future generations bear the wrath of their hardship and start in another circle of child labour. An estimated 246 million children have been forced into labour to repay debts or feed their families. People scavenge through rubbish dumps and lug bricks for as little as $1.50 ( NZ dollars) a week. That's a week of days of up to 8 hours and kids with ages ranging from as young    3 years old.

In places like Cambodia, almost half of the population used to live in poverty ( now 15% but can still be improved) due to past civil wars and although the rate of influence from that is lowering it has still affected the country for nearly 40 years. These people have little to no housing, clean energy ( for cooking or air conditioning) or hygienic water sources and some even live above open sewage pipes. That's around 1 in 5 Cambodian people living below the poverty line at less than $1.36 ( NZ dollar) a day. 

But closer to home in New Zealand one-third of the children live in families below the poverty line with limited housing spaces and people lacking certain qualifications to get well-paid jobs. Some of the housing in NZ for people in poverty is temporary meaning a lot of them are unable to get their children into local schools or kindergarten and nursery programmes. These places are also often damp and dingy and sometimes with mould or asbestos in the walls because of lack of care or updating. This is one of the top causes of respiratory illnesses and hospitalisation, especially in younger children.

However, in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand new entertainment stadiums and public buildings have been made, some of which should have taken years but haven't. A lot of money has been spent on ensuring our country is entertaining but is it fit for some people to live? Without proper housing for all, why are we spending money on highways ( some people don't have cars) and costly entertainment and technology developments when some of our population has nowhere to live. The government should be spending money on helping those under the poverty line rather than providing enjoyment for those above it.  

 

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