State of our Children - Special Report

State of our Children - Special Report

Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Simon Collins - NZ Herald

Young New Zealanders are dropping out of school and work, and having babies at a greater rate than almost any other developed country. The latest Unicef league tables on child wellbeing, the first update since 2007, puts New Zealand near the bottom of the 35 developed countries on five out of the 11 measures where data are available. We are third-worst on the proportion of those aged 15 to 19 not in employment, education or training. To simplify the report, the tables on these pages compare New Zealand with Australia and the six biggest rich countries (the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain and Italy), ranked from best to worst. Data from the 2007 report dated mostly from 2001-2003. Data in the latest report are from 2009-2010