Wellbeing Budget 2020

Child Poverty Report

What are the child poverty reduction targets?

The Act requires the Government to set three-year and ten-year reduction targets on the three primary measures. These targets are set out in the table below.

Table 2 - 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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