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It has been nearly five years since Dr Russell Wills took up the role as the nation’s advocate for children. One of his major priorities as Children’s Commissioner has been to address the ‘wicked problem’ of child poverty and advocate for solutions. As a practicing paediatrician he saw the impact of poverty on the children in his clinic and knew that the consequences for the country as a whole were too great to ignore. Early in his term he convened an expert advisory group and tasked them with finding solutions to child poverty. Since then the national mood has changed, with child poverty becoming one of the issues most concerning New Zealanders. There is pleasing progress in other areas too, but much is left unchanged. So five years on - what next?
Date: Tuesday 31st May
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Location: Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 3
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Speaker: Dr Russell Wills, Children's Commissioner, MB, CHb, Dip Obst, DCH, FRACP, MPH

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