Child Poverty Monitor 2018 Technical Report

Child Poverty Monitor 2018 Technical Report

Monday, December 10, 2018
Child Poverty Monitor 2018

The Child Poverty Monitor comprises a partnership between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) at the University of Otago, and the J R McKenzie Trust. The Child Poverty Monitor partners choose indicators each year, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and the indicators previously included in the Children’s Social Health Monitor.5,6 These indicators contribute to a broad picture of the scale and impact of poverty on children’s lives in Aotearoa New Zealand.

KEY POINTS

Child poverty related factors

Food security
In 2015/16 around one in five (19%) of under-15 year olds lived in households that experienced moderate-to-severe food insecurity. This represents between 161,000 and 188,000 children  In the combined years 2013/14 and 2015/16 under-15 years olds living in neighbourhoods with the highest NZDep2013 scores (quintile 5, most deprived) were four times as likely to live in food insecure households as under-15 year olds living in neighbourhoods with the lowest NZDep2013 scores (quintile 1, least deprived scores), after adjusting for the child’s age, gender and ethnicity.

Education 
The proportion of school-leavers who achieved NCEA level 2 or above increased from 68% in 2009 to 81% in 2017. The proportion of students leaving school with qualifications below NCEA level 1 fell from 19% in 2009 to 10% in 2017. Ethnic and socio-economic disparities in educational attainment persist despite improvements in all ethnic groups and in schools in areas with different levels of socioeconomic deprivation.