• When it comes to child poverty and deprivation, New Zealand ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries
  • New Zealand’s poor investment in children and the early years costs the country $6b every year
  • 27% of New Zealand children live in poverty
  • The rate for children of Pacifika communities is 34% of children in poverty. 
  • Tamariki Maori and Pasifika constitute more than half of New Zealand children living below the poverty line
  • Key strategies include increasing literacy in the home, and greater availability of early childhood education

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