• Breaking the cycle of NZ child poverty

Breaking the cycle of child poverty in NZ

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Education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. It is how we will break the cycle of hardship, and it is at the core of everything KidsCan does. Food, a warm jacket, solid shoes, feminine hygiene products - these are things we want every child to take for granted. We are levelling the playing field, giving children whose families are struggling the same opportunity to learn as anyone else.


Child Poverty Monitor: 2019 Technical Report.

Child Poverty Monitor: 2019 Technical Report

Child Poverty Monitor: 2019 Technical Report

Since 2005...

31 million food items
196,000 shoes & socks
386,000 raincoats
900,000 health items

Latest updates

Monday, 18 May 2020

Coronavirus: Kids going back to school hungry as parents lose jobs in lockdown

“Do we pay rent this week or do we buy food?” That’s the question Melanie, a mother of two from Kaeo, has asked herself each week of lockdown.  
Sunday, 17 May 2020

Coronavirus: Far North principal worried Covid-19 will tip more Kiwi kids into poverty

Karena Tamehana is the principal of Rawene Primary School in the Far North. As schools prepare to return, she writes about her fear of the pandemic's implications for children already grappling with poverty.
Friday, 15 May 2020

Thousands more children head back to school hungry as KidsCan faces record demand

Thousands more children are heading back to school hungry as the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic hits low income families. 

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