5 Sep 2014

Picturing the impacts of poverty

7:55 am on 5 September 2014

New Zealand is at the bottom of the OECD average for child wellbeing. Addressing the issue isn’t just a matter of putting shoes on feet or food on tables, but what does it mean to grow up in poverty?

  • 1.4x higher risk of dying during childhood
  • Less likely to eat breakfast, or fruit and vegetables
  • Less likely to leave school with NCEA Level 2, the basic level of qualification for employment
  • More likely to be in transient families, or live in homes with gambling and smoking
  • More likely to become teen parents

READ our election issue primer on inequality.

We asked Toby Morris to illustrate the realities and impact of child poverty.

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Photo: Illustration: Toby Morris

Statistics compiled for The Wireless by UNICEF New Zealand.

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