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Child poverty in New Zealand

Author: Jonathan Boston; Simon Chapple
Publisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Bridget Williams Books Limited, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 175,000 and 265,000 New Zealand children live in poverty, depending on the measure used. These disturbing figures are widely discussed, yet often poorly understood. If New Zealand does not have 'third world poverty', what are these children actually experiencing? Is the real problem not poverty but simply poor parenting? How does New Zealand compare globally and what measures of poverty and hardship are  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Boston; Simon Chapple
ISBN: 9781927247860 1927247861
OCLC Number: 881318841
Target Audience: Suitable for use with senior secondary classes.
Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Setting the scene --
Part one: Why child poverty matters (1. What is child poverty? ; 2. Why child poverty should be addressed ; 3. Myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings) --
Part two: How best to reduce child poverty (4. Finding solutions: the big issues ; 5. Incentivising action on child poverty ; 6. Reform of the tax and benefit system ; 7. The active employment system ; 8. Reforming child support) --
Part three: Mitigating the effects of child poverty (9. Housing and child poverty ; 10. Education and child poverty ; 11. Helping poor families function better) --
Conclusion (12. Investing for the future).
Responsibility: Jonathan Boston & Simon Chapple.

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"Between 175,000 and 265,000 New Zealand children live in poverty, depending on the measure used. These disturbing figures are widely discussed, yet often poorly understood. If New Zealand does not have 'third world poverty', what are these children actually experiencing? Is the real problem not poverty but simply poor parenting? How does New Zealand compare globally and what measures of poverty and hardship are most relevant here? What are the consequences of this poverty for children, their families and society? Can we afford to reduce child poverty and, if we can, how? Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple look hard at these questions, drawing on available national and international evidence and speaking to an audience across the political spectrum. Their analysis highlights the strong and urgent case for addressing child poverty in New Zealand. Crucially, the book goes beyond illustrating the scale of this challenge, and why it must be addressed, to identifying real options for reducing child poverty. A range of practical and achievable policies is presented, alongside candid discussion of their strengths and limitations. These proposals for improving the lives of disadvantaged children deserve wide public debate and make this a vitally important book for all New Zealanders"--Publisher's description.

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