02 Mar 2018

Be part of our letter of support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill

We have a serious child poverty problem in New Zealand. Today, twice as many children live below the poverty line than did in 1984. Poverty affects children disproportionately, as they have no power to change their circumstances.

Using the most common international measure, more than a quarter (27%) of Kiwi children are living in poverty. By that same measure, the proportion of over 65s in income poverty is 6%, one of the lowest rates in the developed world. We can definitely do better for our Kiwi kids.

This year, the New Zealand Parliament has the opportunity to enact legislation that will improve the lives of children in poverty – by giving successive governments a tool to focus policy decisions that will tackle New Zealand’s unacceptably high rate of child poverty.

We believe this Bill’s requirement to set targets and report results will increase this and future governments’ accountability and mobilise resources.

How you can help

It is only through strong public and political support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill that will ensure it becomes a tool to reduce child poverty, and stands the test of time regardless of future governments.

That’s why we are asking you, and our other supporters, to show their support for our campaign to let all MPs know that enacting this Bill is good for New Zealand children, as well as our economy and society, in the short and long term.

Please encourage your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and anyone who cares about child poverty in New Zealand to join us by adding their names and voices to our open letter to MPs.

We will send all 64 general electorate MPs and seven Maori electorate MPs a letter undersigned with the names of those in their electorate who have responded to our campaign. We’ll also provide the list of all New Zealanders who have signed the campaign to the Select Committee by their next submission deadline on April 4.


Lorraine Taylor

Lorraine is the CEO of Variety New Zealand.
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