Investing In Our Nation’s Kids: Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand.

child povertyAs New Zealanders we like to believe our country is a great place for children. Poverty is a real and widespread issue within New Zealand. As many as 25 percent of New Zealand’s children – about 270,000 – currently live in poverty. That is one in every four children. That is enough children to fill Auckland’s Eden Park five times over.

Child poverty is extremely costly. For individual children, it can mean going to school hungry and living in a cold, damp house. Important childhood opportunities are missed like school outings and sports. This can influence educational achievement and health outcomes. In New Zealand each year there is at least $6 billion in additional health and education costs associated with child poverty, as well as reduced productivity.

Finding actions that will reduce child poverty is not simple. How can we make sure New Zealand is a great place to live for all our children? What is the role of education for solutions to child poverty? Some answers can be found in the report to the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner-  Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for action. Hundreds of New Zealanders, including children, contributed to this report. Overall it was clear that action is needed, now. No child should experience severe and persistent poverty, least of all in our ‘land of plenty’.

Investing In Our Nation’s Kids is an evidence-informed project that aims to advance the immediate priorities put forward in the child poverty solutions report.

To read more about this visit HERE

The page shares a number of different projects that they have looked at concerning the issue of child poverty. This includes  animated videos of potential solutions to areas which are symptomatic of poverty within New Zealand.

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  1. Karen Paaka says:

    Just making an enquiry for whanau. This whanau needs some medical equipment called a Concentrator which costs about $4,999, it converts the air that we breathe to hospital. grade oxygen. The child that is dependent on the Concentrator’s name is Ataahua, and the mother Krystal has just put out a message in Facebook today 5 January 2015 pleading for financial support. If you could help this child’s need and her whanau’s need for this equipment please contact me so that I can contact her. This equipment would also make this whanau happier and take a lot of stress out of their life. Please reply about any funding that you may know about and I will get back to Krystal the same day.

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