23 Mar 2023

The government defends stalling child poverty stats

From Midday Report, 12:12 pm on 23 March 2023

The Government's efforts to reduce poverty have stalled, with more than 100,000 children still living in extreme hardship.

Data out today from Stats NZ shows no change between 2021 and 2022.

These figures include the tail end of the pandemic and the beginning of a cost of living crisis.

But the government is still claiming it as a win, that the number hasn't fallen backwards.

The Child Poverty Reduction - Minister Jan Tinetti spoke to Māni Dunlop.