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Child poverty statistics show increase in material hardship for the year ended June 2023

March 01, 2024 at 12:21 PM

From Stats NZ -

Three of the nine measures of child poverty increased for the year ended June 2023 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by Stats NZ.

“We have seen an annual increase in material hardship, indicating that more households were going without some of the essentials due to cost,” general manager of social and population insights Abby Johnston said. 

“We also saw that, for many households, incomes after deducting housing costs did not keep up with inflation, leading to an increase in one of the low-income poverty measures.”

These annual increases were for two of the three primary measures specified in the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018 (the Act) and were accompanied by a year-on-year increase in severe material hardship, one of the six supplementary measures.

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