295,000 New Zealand Kids live in households with low income
Income Poverty - 295,000 New Zealand Children live in low income families. That's 29% of Kiwi Kids or 1 in 4 children.
Severe Poverty - 90,000 New Zealand Children are in both low income families and material hardship. That's more than 8% of Kiwi Kids.
Material Hardship - 155,000 New Zealand Children live in households that go without 7 or more things they need. That's 14% of Kiwi Kids.
Greater Material Hardship - 85,000 New Zealand Children live in households that go without 9 things they need to thrive. That's 8% of Kiwi Kids.
Crowded Housing - At least 16% of Kiwi Kids live in crowded homes, 43% of families are spending more than 30% of their income on housing.
Material Hardship - list
Enforced lack of Essentials (for respondent or household as a whole)
Meal with meat, fish or chicken (or vegetarian equivalent) at least each 2nd day. Two pairs of shoes in good repair for everyday use. Suitable clothes for important or special occasions. Presents for family and friends on special occasions. Home contents insurance.
Financial Stress and Vulnerability
The family has borrowed money from friends or family more than once in the last 12 month period to cover living costs. Feel 'very limited' by the money available when thinking about purchase of clothes or shoes for self (options were: not at all, a little, quite limited and very limited). Could not pay an unexpected and unavoidable bill of $500.00 with a month without borrowing.
Economised, Cutback or delayed purchases 'a lot' because money was needed for other essentials ( not just to be thrifty or to save for a non-essential)
Went without or cut back on fresh fruit or vegetables. Brought cheaper cuts of meat or brought less than wanted. Putting up with feeling cold to save on heating costs. Postponed visits to the doctor. Postpones visits to the dentist. Did without or cut back on trips to the shops or other local places. Delayed repairing or replacing broken or damaged appliances.
Arrears more than once in the last 12 months
Rates, electricity, water, vehicle registration, insurance or warrant of fitness.
This information is sourced from www.childpoverty.co.nz