The Children's Social Health Monitor New Zealand

Revision alert! Figures in this Technical Report have been updated to reflect the Statistics New Zealand and Treasury data error announced 27 February 2014

Welcome to the First Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report

This Technical Report marks a new step in monitoring child poverty and social health indicators in New Zealand. It began with a partnership being established between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the University of Otago’s New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) and the J R McKenzie Trust. This partnership saw a gap in publicly-available child poverty measures, and is addressing this gap by compiling, publishing and disseminating annual measurements on child poverty in New Zealand.

In 2012, the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Solutions to Child Poverty recommended that a suite of measures capturing different aspects of child poverty be measured and reported annually. We are fulfilling this recommendation. This new Technical Report builds on the Children’s Social Health Monitor (CSHM) produced by the NZCYES since 2009. We have added additional indicators that enable us to monitor child poverty in New Zealand. Along with this full Technical Report we have produced very high level information on the key measures of child poverty, which are available at www.childpoverty.co.nz.

We want to promote the common use of rigorous measures of poverty, so we can stop debating about the measure and start fixing the problem.

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Suggested citation: Craig E, Reddington A, Wicken A, Oben G, & Simpson J. (2013) Child Poverty Monitor 2013 Technical Report (Updated 2014). Dunedin. New Zealand Child & Youth Epidemiology Service, University of Otago

ISSN 2357-2078


The Child Poverty Monitor is a partnership between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, the University of Otago’s NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service and the JR McKenzie Trust

Supported by JR McKenzie TrustChildren's Commissioner

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