The Wellbeing Budget

Child Poverty Report

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What are the child poverty reduction targets?

The Act requires the Government to set three-year and 10-year reduction targets on the three primary measures. These targets are set out in Table 4.

Table 4 – Child poverty reduction targets (% of children)

Primary measure Baseline rate
(2017/18)
3-year target rate
(2020/21)
10-year target rate
(2027/28)

BHC50 moving-line

16.5%

10.5%

5%

AHC50 fixed-line

22.8%

18.8%

10%

Material hardship

13.3%

10.3%

6%

The percentage number in each line in the table above shows the percentage of children in New Zealand living in poverty at the baseline year (2017/18) and at the three‑year and 10‑year target years.

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