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Reducing child poverty


Reducing child poverty is a Government priority. New legislation is being developed to help reduce child poverty and improve the wellbeing of children in New Zealand.

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, is also the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction. The Child Poverty Unit has been established in DPMC to support her in this capacity. 

Read more about the Child Poverty Unit

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill

The government has introduced draft legislation which seeks to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty and enhance the overall wellbeing of children, and particularly those greater risk or with additional needs.

The Bill sets measures for child poverty, and requires governments to set targets for reducing child poverty and develop a child wellbeing strategy. 

You can read more about the Bill, including its progress and information releases, below:

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Last updated: 
Thursday, 22 March 2018

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