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Reducing child poverty

The Government is committed to reducing child poverty and improving the wellbeing of all children and young people.

Why it matters

New Zealand should be a place where all children and young people are loved, confident, happy and healthy, and are empowered to reach their full potential.

Too many children and young people live in families where it’s a struggle to meet every day needs and do things that others take for granted.

Evidence shows that the experience of poverty, especially when that experience is severe and persistent, can have a negative impact on the lives of children – they may be more likely, on average, to experience poorer educational outcomes, poorer health, and have more difficulty finding work in adulthood.  The harmful effects also impact on society as a whole.

See the child poverty statistics for the year ended June 2018.

A new approach

New legislation, introduced by The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, who is also the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, aims to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty and to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in New Zealand.

The Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group has been established in DPMC to lead this work and support Ministers.

Read more about the Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group.

The Child Poverty Reduction and Wellbeing legislation

The child poverty reduction and wellbeing legislation creates political accountability and encourages a greater focus on child poverty reduction specifically, and child and youth wellbeing more generally.

This significant legislation was passed in December 2018 with near unanimous parliamentary support, helping to ensure enduring commitment to reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing.

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

Child poverty reduction and wellbeing legislation

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

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