A major focus of our Office is addressing the issue of child poverty in New Zealand
Through our work, we’re supporting the development of an evidence-based, comprehensive and sustained effort to address child poverty
New Zealand’s current high rate of child poverty is one of our biggest barriers to full implementation of the Children's Convention. This is one reason it is such a strong focus of the OCC’s work.
The UNCROC identifies the right to life, survival and development (article 6) as one of four general principles that underpin all children’s rights. Other rights that are impacted by poverty include:
The previous Children's Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, made reducing child poverty a top priority for his term. We believe everyone from Government, to business, to our local communities has a role to play in reducing the number of children missing out.
We have a number of different projects related to child poverty:
The Expert Advisory Group
In early 2012 we convened the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) to come up with practical solutions to child poverty. The EAG produced "Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action" in December 2012. The report continues to underpin many of our projects today.
Key EAG documents for more information:
At the end of his term (30 June 2016), Dr Wills gave a presentation that outlined progress of the Office on the issue of child poverty.
Each year we monitor how many children live in income poverty, material deprivation, severe poverty and persistent poverty. These measures are derived from data produced in the Household Incomes Report.
For more in depth information about our health and housing statistics, check out the Technical Report produced by the NZCYES.
On the CPM website you can download all the infographics as well as a PowerPoint template for your projects and presentations.
This year's monitor shows child poverty remains double the levels of the 80s: