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Experts lament state of NZ child poverty

Monday 24 Sep 2012 4:14 p.m.

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Six of this country’s foremost experts on child poverty were asked by Campbell Live what they think the impact of poverty is on the children themselves.

For those who ask what child poverty is or question its actual prevalence, in New Zealand the OECD has done some work. It’s very hard to compare country with country, but in 2009 the OECD did exactly that.

For the first time in history, the organisation compared the children of its 30 member nations. It found:

“Material conditions for Kiwi kids are relatively poor. Average family incomes are low by OECD standards, and child poverty rates are high.”

The OECD then looked at a number of key indicators – “comparative policy-focused child wellbeing in 30 OECD countries”. New Zealand’s average position is 20th. Countries that were above average in any of the key childhood indicators were rated blue – blue is good. The very sad thing is New Zealand is one of only six countries with no blues. We are below average in all the key indicators.

The OECD concluded:

“Based on international evidence, the OECD concludes that New Zealand should spend considerably more on younger, disadvantaged children.”

Some of that may surprise New Zealanders, but it doesn’t surprise those working with disadvantaged Kiwi children.

Watch the video to see what they had to say.

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