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Child Poverty Unit


Reducing child poverty is a Government priority, with new legislation proposed as a basis for action in this area. The Child Poverty Unit has been established to support this work.

The Child Poverty Unit (CPU) has been established in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) to support the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.

The CPU's role includes:

  • supporting the passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill
  • supporting agencies to implement the legislation, once passed
  • working with others to identify actions and policies for reducing child poverty
  • providing advice on other relevant matters.

Learn more about what we're doing to reduce child poverty.

Chief Science Advisor – Child Poverty Reduction

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM has been appointed the role of Chief Science Advisor to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, Rt Hon Jacinda Adern. The role, established earlier this year, provides a direct line of independent advice to the Minister, with a focus on child wellbeing and poverty reduction.

Find out more about this role.

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Last updated: 
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

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