The Labour Party is backing the Children’s Commissioner’s challenge to reduce child poverty rates by 10 percent by the end of next year.
Prime Minister John Key has ruled it out, saying it would be too difficult to measure.
Children’s Commissioner’s Andrew Becroft is calling for National and Labour to work to cut child poverty by 10 percent by the end of 2017. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson
The commissioner, Andrew Becroft, has been urging National and Labour to work together to achieve the change.
Mr Becroft said he wanted a material deprivation measure to be used as the official benchmark for child poverty, under which 149,000 children would be considered to be living in hardship.
The political arguments over just how many children were in poverty needed to stop and more action needed to be taken, Mr Becroft told TV show The Nation at the weekend.
Labour leader Andrew Little Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King