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Published: 12 December 2012

Authors: Children’s Commissioner.

Solutions to child poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for action. 

We like to believe that New Zealand is a great place for children. For the majority of our children this is true. But it is not true for children living in poverty. As many as 25 percent of children – about 270,000 – currently live in poverty.
The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) has spent the past ten months working on the task given to us by the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, to provide him with realistic, pragmatic and effective solutions to address child poverty in the short and longer-term. We shared our initial thinking with New Zealanders in an Issues and Options Paper in August 2012, and have incorporated many suggestions and views from the feedback into this Report.