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About the Project

The Annual Child Poverty Monitor is a partnership project between the Children’s Commissioner, the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University.

In 2012 the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty put forward 78 recommendations on a range of ways to address child poverty.

One of those recommendations was around the need to measure and report on child poverty rates annually. We believe this is a vital step in reducing child poverty in New Zealand and that is why this project was born.

Each year we will report on a suite of measures of child poverty to paint a picture on how children in New Zealand are faring. We also include information on child poverty-related indicators from health, housing and education. 

The measures of child poverty we are reporting on come from a solid base of research and data already collected here in New Zealand.