Child poverty in decline, still work to be done


The number of children living in poverty is in the decline - but New Zealand isn't finished just yet.

The latest Child Poverty Monitor shows 12 percent of children are living in material hardship, down from 14 percent in the previous report.

KidsCan chief executive Julie Chapman joins The AM Show to explain what still needs work, as the job "certainly isn't done".

"There are many children out there that don't have a bed to sleep in,” says Ms Chapman. “There are families that are sharing one toothbrush between the entire family.”

I think the key to this is to continue to raise incomes.

But Ms Chapman says the progress is a step in the right direction.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, also the Child Poverty Minister, says she's committed to making significant progress.

"Every child deserves the best start in life and to grow up and reach their potential free of the burden of poverty."

The Government will announce details of its Poverty Reduction Bill next week.

Listen to the full interview with Julie Chapman above. 

The AM Show with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson, weekdays 6-9am on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.