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Children in 30 primary and intermediate schools will begin receiving a free lunch every school day from term one next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

The Government has today confirmed the first set of official targets to break the cycle of child poverty, one of New Zealand’s most significant intergenerational wellbeing challenges.

New Zealand’s first Bill to reduce child poverty will help transform children’s lives and set a path to New Zealand having one of the lowest rates of child poverty in the world, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

The latest report into the impact of poverty on wellbeing of Kiwi children shows why the Government has put children and families at the centre of its programme and will pass an historic Bill to tackle child poverty by the end of the P

The Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has been reported back to the House with unanimous support from the Social Service and Community Select Committee, and will now be supported by the National Party, Prime Minister and Child Poverty Reduction Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

The Government has today begun discussions with groups who work with, and support, children and their families as the first step in developing a Child Wellbeing Strategy to improve children’s lives.

Budget 2018 builds a better future for New Zealand children, with major investments in health, education, housing and justice to improve thousands of children’s lives, says Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern.
Two expert units have been established within the Prime Minister’s Department to develop the Coalition Government’s strategy to improve child wellbeing and make historic progress in reducing child poverty in New Zealand, says Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern.

A UN report into child wellbeing reinforces the government’s sense of urgency in putting children at the heart of everything we do, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern says.

New Zealand will take its next steps towards fulfilling new child poverty legislation by setting three year targets to reduce poverty and hardship among children, Prime Minister and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern says.

The Government’s target, to reduce the proportion of children in poverty from 15% now to a world-leading 5% within ten years, remains unchanged following Treasury’s corrected and updated projections, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

A small drop in the number of children in low income households is welcome but the Government is committed to making significant progress on lifting children out of poverty, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern supports the call from a wide range of groups for a non-partisan approach to reducing child poverty.