Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


ANZASW statement on new child poverty statistics

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) notes the release of the latest figures on child poverty by Statistics New Zealand (SNZ), which provide greater clarity on the severity of one of our most urgent national challenges.

The statistics indicate that one in five children / tamariki and youth / rangatahi in Aotearoa New Zealand are experiencing deprivation, half of which are in circumstances of severe poverty.

We welcome the use of measures that have improved the data collected by SNZ on this issue,
including the factoring in of household costs and the impact of these on spending power.

By including certain living costs in the analysis, the Association believes that the reality of the issue has been better represented; past estimations were based on data collected in the Household Economic Survey (HES), which was more narrowly focused on income and general trends.

The figures released this week represent a stark reminder of the need to provide greater support to struggling families / whānau. The insights provided by the new statistics demonstrate clearly that the problem of unaffordable housing- and the wider issue of the cost of living in Aotearoa New Zealand- is having a major impact on an already acute child poverty crisis.

It also shows that in order to improve the wellbeing of our children / tamariki and youth / rangatahi we need to make use of multi-factorial analysis that looks at the interconnected nature of social problems. .
Social workers bear witness on a regular basis to the long-term consequences of deprivation in households across Aotearoa New Zealand, in particular on those in key developmental stages of life.

Accordingly, the social work profession, including the Association, has for many years been advocating for greater efforts to reduce inequity, pay disparity and the cost of living, alongside our calls for heightened action on child poverty. We do so again now, while looking forward to future data which will indicate the first effects of the Child Poverty Bill.

Given their greater accuracy, it is fitting that these updated figures will be used as a baseline against which improvements can be measured and we welcome the fact that SNZ will release data using expanded samples in the future.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Raising Corporate Taxes Has Become A Hot New Political Cause

Surprisingly, “raising taxes” has become a very fashionable political idea in 2021. That’s right. After decades of being seen (at best) as a necessary evil, higher corporate taxes are now being treated as the Great Good Thing that will revive the US economy, re-distribute wealth productively, help to build neglected and decaying public infrastructure, fund public health, address social inequality, restore a sense of community and generally make everyone feel better about the society in which they live... More>>


Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Travel: Trans-Tasman Bubble To Start 19 April

New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris ... More>>


Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels