The Poverty Of New Zealand

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You would like to believe that New Zealand, a well-developed country, is a great place for children to live. For most of us that is true however there is still a concerning amount of children who live in poverty. Since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s there has been an increase in child poverty of around 15 percent (Boston, 2014). Currently the New Zealand government spends up to ten billion dollars a year on attempting to solve child poverty and yet still as many as 25 percent of children, which is roughly about 270,000 children, currently live in poverty in New Zealand, (Expert Advisory Group on solutions to Child Poverty (EAG), 2012), (Boston & McIntosh, 2012). Poverty in New Zealand means experiencing hunger, food insecurity, reduced life expectancy, poor health outcomes, debt, inability to afford required medical care, unaffordable or crowded housing and not being able to fully participate in society (Haultain, 2012). This is an issue that urgently needs to be resolved as poverty can have some serious negative impacts on people’s lives. (EAG, 2012).
While Maori are represented within all socioeconomic areas of New Zealand society, Maori are currently over-represented in poverty statistics. Maori children are far more likely to be exposed to the impacts and effects of poverty than the average child. (Simpson, Duncanson, Oben, Wicken & Pierson. 2015). There are around 13 percent of Maori children that are effected by severe poverty compared to only five percent of
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