Forum seeks ways to reduce child poverty

Last night’s child poverty forum at the University of Otago considered ways to combat deprivation in New Zealand.

The group’s co-chairman, Prof Jonathan Boston, of Victoria University, told the audience of about 150 that child poverty was costing the country dearly and “we need to do something about it”.

As of 2010, using the deprivation measure, child poverty stood at 18%, which was six times the level for people over the age of 65, at 3%. This was “at least partly” due to policy, Prof Boston said.

“We as a society have decided that older people should not be deprived … [and] we have decided to tolerate relatively high levels of child poverty.

“We can choose differently,” he said.

Source: Otago Daily Times