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Kia māia: Be bold, Improving the wellbeing of children living in poverty

Peter Wilson () and Julie Fry ()
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Peter Wilson: New Zealand Institute of Economic Research
Julie Fry: Consultant

No 2019/1, NZIER Working Paper from New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: Kiwis believe in giving people a fair go. Improving the wellbeing of children living in poverty fits with these values. Wellbeing is not just a trendy name for income or standard of living. Kia māia: Be bold shows how it is a powerful idea that goes to the heart of what “a fair go”' in life requires. We discuss how some people struggle to convert income and other resources into a good life. For those people, increasing income is not enough to increase their wellbeing. To address the negative effects of child poverty and give all Kiwi kids a fair go, additional support, often focussed on the needs of individuals and their families, will be required.

Keywords: Children; Poverty; Wellbeing; Governnment support (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2019-05-20
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