Ardern: 88,000 children out of poverty by 2020


The new Labour-led Government has confirmed it will spend $5.53b over the next four years to help low-income families and cut the child poverty rate in half.

Its new Families Income Package will see around 384,000 households get an average of $75 extra per week.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told RadioLIVE Drive's Ali Mau, the entire package is aimed at lifting Kiwi kids out of poverty, with the changes coming into force from 1 July 2018.

This is a package which hits both low and middle income earners.

Ardern says the families package is projected to lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2020/21.

Listen to the full interview with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern above.

Working for families review 'long overdue'

Speaking to Ali Mau, Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson Susan St John welcomed the families package announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Susan says working for families has for too long been facing cuts and there hasn't even been an adjustment for inflation since 2012.

Working for families had become so run down over many years it was long overdue for this catch up.

Listen to the full interview with Susan St John above.

Drive with Ali Mau, 3pm - 6pm Weekdays and streaming live on 'rova' channel 9 - available on Android and iPhone.