Jacinda Ardern came into politics to reduce child poverty, but her ‘families package’ will not bring help soon enough to the children who need it

About one in eight, or 12%, of New Zealand’s children are in poverty, a problem that has been festering for 30 years.

As housing costs have soared, lack of affordable housing for low income families has been a key driver of poverty. A “work first” ideology has kept benefits painfully low, and stopped the worst-off families on benefits accessing full tax credits for their children as a carrot to get into work.

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