2013

Child Poverty

When a child grows up in poverty they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They are living in cold, damp, over-crowded houses, they do not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes are worn, and many days they go hungry.

Many more don’t get to go to the doctor when they are sick, because they can’t afford the costs of the appointment and the medicine. Others stay home from school because they don’t have all the uniform or lunch to take. Poverty can also cause lasting damage. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job, having poor health and falling into a life of crime.

We are slowly seeing some action to reduce the numbers of children missing out. We need to know if these changes are making a difference for kiwi kids.

Every year the Child Poverty Monitor will record how well or badly we’re doing for kiwi kids.

The Child Poverty Monitor uses data from Otago University to show how many children are in different types of poverty.

To find out more about child poverty, you can read the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action.

About the Project

The Annual Child Poverty Monitor is a partnership project between the Children’s Commissioner, the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University.

In 2012 the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty put forward 78 recommendations on a range of ways to address child poverty.

One of those recommendations was around the need to measure and report on child poverty rates annually. We believe this is a vital step in reducing child poverty in New Zealand and that is why this project was born.

Each year, for the next five years, we will report on income poverty, material hardship, severity of poverty and persistent poverty. In time we will also include information on child poverty-related indicators from health, housing, education and disability.

The measures of child poverty we are reporting on come from a solid base of research and data already collected here in New Zealand.

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The source of all data on this site is available in the Child Poverty Monitor: Technical Report, produced by Otago University.

To find out more about child poverty, you can read the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action.