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Reducing child poverty

Reducing child poverty is a Government priority. New legislation will 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 legislation

In December 2018, the government passed legislation which aims to achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty and enhance the overall wellbeing of children, particularly those at greater risk or with additional needs.

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

You can find out more about the legislation, including its progress and information releases, below:

The Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

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