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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:


Annual Report  

The first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy Annual Report, for the year ended June 2020, was released on 13 May 2021. While the first annual report is not required until 2022, this voluntary Annual Report gives an idea of how child and youth wellbeing looks the first year after the Strategy’s publication and allows us to establish baseline data for most of the indicators.

It includes specific information on outcomes for Māori and Pacific children and young people, and for other population groups where data is available.

It also includes progress updates on key actions in the Strategy’s Programme of Action.

Read the Annual Report 2019/2020

Monitoring Report - progress in implementing the Strategy  

The second Monitoring Report, outlining progress in implementing the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy  was released on 13 May 2021.  It details key activity carried out in this period to bring the Strategy into effect; that is, how agencies and non-government organisations are aligning to the Strategy framework, and the progress of the particular policies and initiatives underway across government to help achieve the Strategy’s vision and outcomes.

Child Poverty Report - Budget 2021

The third annual Child Poverty Report was released on 20 May 2021, alongside Budget 2021.  It describes what progress has been made in reducing poverty and what the government is doing through Budget 2021 to reduce child poverty.

Child Poverty Statistics

Stats NZ released the official child poverty rates for the year ended June 2020 on 22 February 2021. These statistics track progress towards the Government’s child poverty targets agaist the baseline data.  The data shows that, on all the measures, child poverty has reduced compared to the 2017/18 baseline data.  (NB: While the data captures close to the full impact of the Families Package, it does not reflect any economic impact from COVID-19, as the survey used to generate these statistics finished in late March 2020 because of the first lock-down.) 

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 second report on the Child Poverty Related Indicators - focusing on trends up to and including the 2019/20 year - was released on 13 May 2021.  

Child Poverty Related Indicators are measures related to the broader causes and consequences of child poverty. Taken together, these indicators help tell a broader story about the lived experience of children living in poverty in New Zealand.

Overtime, they can also tell us more about the impact of policies established to reduce child poverty and mitigate its consequences.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 17 September 2020