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Birth registration – a precursor for protecting children

One thing Jo and I learnt when we went over to the Solomon Islands with UNICEF, was that there’s a massive issue with the registration of births. In short, if a child doesn’t have a birth certificate it does not exist. This affects the government’s ability to plan successful education and immunisation programs, it increase the chances of child trafficking and more.

Here is a video from Campbell live the other night, on what the Morgan Foundation is doing with UNICEF in the Solomon Islands to get this situation sorted.

  • Kataraina Mateparae

    I saw this – what beautiful children. It is my understanding that the ginger hair is a sign of malnutrition?

  • Marianne Snell

    Wonderful work being carried out, for this dear little children

  • enviromarine

    Great work there Gareth! Now how about helping the very poor NZ children…i live near Merivale in Tauranga and the primary school there has just had the Red Cross enter its premises to feed the children.  1 in 5 of the children in New Zealand live below the poverty line. For you to understand this (from your ivory tower) thats 40,000 children under 16 with no adequate clothing and eat less than 2 meals per day. I think you would all agree this is disgusting. The majority of this country voted in the National Party – who have made this shocking statistic grow…shame on New Zealand. 

  • Frances Saki

    @Katarina Mateparae definately not many kids over there have very blonde/ and all shades ginger hair. Thats just how it is. yes while there is malnutrition it does not effect the colour of their hair. I have family with blonde and ginger hair in the Solomons who are not malnourished.

  • Kelvin Duncan

    Gareth’s is one of the most creative “ivory towers” I know. India may have the Taj, but the “developing world” is lucky to have Gareth’s towers.

    • enviromarine

       @Kelvin Duncan Kelvin you are right, as with all of these people who have earned millions and millions of dollars from the “normal” people and wish to give something back.
      My problem with him is that he is NOT a scientist, he is an economist and a damn good one.
      He also helps poor people around the world…also great as this gets him and his company international exposure.
      He needs to spend a little more time and effort helping the 40,000 children find food and education. And the 1200 people in Christchurch who have not even got toilets!! 
      I have a non for profit organisation i would love to set up to help these people our own people but finding the funds is near on impossible…So if you put young Gareth in the league of the TAj you are way out of line…

      • Kelvin Duncan

         @enviromarine I spent 14 years helping Te Kohanga Reo National Trust grow from a fledgling organisation to the pre-eminent Maori Development organisation credited with securing not only Maori language and culture, but also the Maori Renaissance. It was, originally, the best model for community development I know.  Secured the lives of many tens of thousands of people – of all ages.
        Philanthropic funding from commercial success is ideal – providing the funders’ heart and motivations are right.  Research the history of the Morgan Foundation.  They’ve got it right.
        Greetings from Christchurch!

        • enviromarine

           @Kelvin Duncan Wonderful…I’m sure it is a great foundation. Then tell me why have we 40,000 children abused and starving in this country? or is it because they live North of Auckland? As you mentioned you live in ChCh, does your “Maori” language saviour charity provided 1200 toilets and running water for the poorer peoples of your City? …NO So sad, all these “arty farty” tax fiddling foundations save the arts and useful languages – but give nothing to the poor and needy! 
          Please do not even put your “ART” foundation anywhere near the depravity that is happening in NZ! 
           

        • enviromarine

           @Kelvin Duncan Sorry i have jsut looked at the foundation web site and the first two lines read: To reduce income and wealth inequities by assisting those at most disadvantage
          To provide a humanitarian response to those in need
           
          Failed on both accounts here in NZ
           

        • Kelvin Duncan

           @enviromarine Actually we DID provide for the “poor and needy”. They grew it, and managed it themselves.  860 centres nationwide. Pre-school education, health, nutrition, vocational training (70 Training Branches), etc.  Full marae infrastructure development, including toilets.  Even “potty” training – in Te Reo!  - and using multimedia.
           
          It is the graduates of these centres, and their whanau, who are now driving their own, sustainable development.
           
          Community Development is NOT easy – and probably never ending.