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Cross-party support essential if we're to reduce child poverty

Updated: Apr 29, 2019


Opinion by Vivien Maidaborn, Unicef NZ director as part of Stuff's partnership with Unicef NZ.



New laws setting targets to cut child poverty a step in right direction, Unicef believes. Let's take it to the next step and get cross-party support.


Depending on how you measure it, there are between 150,000 to and 290,000 children living in poverty or hardship.



Measuring child poverty is important, but even the mention of the word "measure" can cause people's eyes to glaze over.


There will be many words written, and many dizzying numbers bandied about following today's announcement on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. Many people will probably switch off.

So, we'll keep our initial response pretty simple: This is the right move, in the right direction.

Depending on how you measure it, there are 150,000 to 290,000 children living in poverty or hardship. The vision laid out today by the Government is a vital step in bringing those children out of a life of hardship.


We applaud the Government's intention to reduce child poverty. It's a bold goal.


To read the full article on Stuff, click this link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/101026416/crossparty-support-essential-if-were-to-reduce-child-poverty



This article was written by Unicef NZ director Vivien Maidaborn as part of Stuff's partnership with Unicef NZ. Unicef stands up for every child so they can have a childhood. Find out more at unicef.org.nz

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