The Problem Of Child Poverty Essay

2136 WordsMar 17, 20169 Pages
Child poverty is an issue that has the public divided. On one side there are people empathising with their plight and raising awareness on the issue, and on the other hand there are people saying why the money always should go to the poor as it is costing New Zealand millions of dollars each year. It has been portrayed by media as something to be combated and eradicated. Conversations on poverty bring up the topics such as how it effects on a child 's well-being, education and how to tackle it. This paper seeks to discuss the following questions; definitions of poverty; how poverty measured; the challenges or tension regarding poverty. The objective of my presentation is to critically examine poverty and how education is hindered, how it affects the four tenets of Hauora and what policies the government has put in place to address this issue. Bradshaw (2015) uses term child poverty to refer to the children who lack material resources to attain a good life. There are two forms of poverty. One is ‘absolute poverty, where there is a definite shortage of available resources for everyone in that society. The other is ‘relative poverty’ and is a form material disadvantage or deprivation. Relative poverty is when people fall below the minimum amount of income needed to sustain an average standard of living in their society. Too many children in New Zealand are living in inequity. Some of these include orphans being raised by the state or from poor families. The Children’s

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