Today Stats NZ released background papers on some key concepts and definitions that will be used to measure child
poverty in the future.
The Child Poverty Reduction Act was introduced in 2018 to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child
poverty in New Zealand. The Act requires the Government Statistician to independently set concepts and definitions for
child poverty measurement, in addition to those already prescribed in the Act.
Measuring child poverty: Concepts and definitions
explains the terms we will use in calculating child poverty measures in New Zealand.
This document is accompanied by three papers that set out the reasons we made particular aspects of the decisions about
the concepts and definitions.
These papers are:
Expanding the Household Economic Survey to obtain good measures of child poverty
outlines the design of the 2018/19 survey, which collects data to measure child poverty.