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The Child Poverty Reduction Bill

On 31 January 2018, the Prime Minister (also the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction), Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Bill into the House. 

The purpose of the Bill is to encourage a Government focus on child poverty reduction specifically, and child wellbeing more generally.

It does this by requiring the Government to:

  • publish targets and regularly report on child poverty levels
  • be transparent about how annual Budget decisions impact on child poverty
  • adopt and regularly review a strategy for improving the wellbeing of all children, particularly those in poverty and at greater risk of poor outcomes.

Information releases

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is releasing documents related to the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, including the setting of child poverty reduction targets.

Child Poverty Reduction Bill documents


  • 31 January 2018 – Introduction of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill
  • 13 February – First Reading of the Bill, and Bill referred to the Social Services and Community Select Committee
  • 4 April 2018 – Closing date for written submissions on the Bill
  • 13 August 2018:   Select Committee due to report back to the House on the Bill 

More about the Bill

The Bill's page on the Parliament website includes a link to the Bill itself and tells you how you can make a submission to the Select Committee.

Child Poverty Reduction Bill (on the Parliament website)

Press releases from the Beehive website

Taking action to reduce child poverty (30 January 2018)

Historic commitment to reduce child poverty (31 January 2018)

New targets begin historic path to poverty reduction (27 March 2018)

Government ramps up drive to reduce child poverty (17 May 2018)

Better lives for children a focus of Budget 2018 (17 May 2018)

Groups help develop Child Wellbeing Strategy (24 May 2018) 

Last updated: 
Thursday, 24 May 2018

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