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The legislation underpinning the Strategy ensures real public transparency and political accountability for reporting on child and youth wellbeing, including child poverty reduction.  Recent reports include:

Monitoring Report - progress in implementing the Strategy  

The first update on progress in implementing the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and its accompanying actions was released on 10 September 2020.  The Monitoring Report and briefing to Ministers provide an update on progress for the year ending June 2020. They highlight how central government agencies are progressively aligning their activities to the outcomes in the Strategy.  The Report also includes examples of how the Strategy is being socialised beyond central government, to help grow collective action.

Child Poverty Report - Budget 2020

The annual Child Poverty Report was released on 14 May 2020, alongside Budget 2020.  It provides the first indication of progress on the measured rates of child poverty since the Government's targets were gazetted. The report shows that the Government was on track to meet its 3-year targets prior to COVID-19, but the post-COVID-19 situation is less clear, due to the yet unknown economic impacts. 

Child Poverty Statistics

Stats NZ released its first set of child poverty statistics on 25 February 2020, which track progress towards the Government’s child poverty targets.  Of the nine different poverty measures reported, seven showed decreases from last year’s baseline rates. 

Data time-lags

A challenge with measurement and reporting is that there are time-lags between data collection and reporting timeframes, meaning the impacts of policies are often not visible in the reporting for some time.

The child poverty data used in the child poverty report produced by Stats NZ is drawn from the Household Economic Survey (HES), which surveys adults (aged 15+) in more than 20,000 households.  The survey is conducted over a 12-month period, from July to June, and collects annual income information for the 12 months prior to the interview. These collection timelines mean a significant lag in data reporting, of up to two and a half years at the time of the report’s release.

For example, the numbers reflected in the child poverty report for the 2018/19 year, released in February 2020, cover annual incomes from mid-2017 to mid-2019.  As a result, the impact of the Families Package was only partially captured.

Child Poverty Related Indicators Report

The first report on the Child Poverty Related Indicators - measures related to the broader causes and consequences of child poverty - was released on 6 July 2020.  The report is a requirement of the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018, with first annual report not due until after the 2020/21 financial year.  This report, which focuses on trends up to and including the 2018/19 year, is  intended as a baseline report, and serves as a template for future reporting. 

Last updated: 
Thursday, 17 September 2020