for Māori, Pasifika, disabled children, blames racism
The Children's Commissioner has slammed the poverty rates for Māori, Pasifika and disabled children calling them "totally unacceptable".
Even though the Government is on track to meet its own targets, structural barriers like racism and ableism mean some groups of children are in danger of being left behind.
The Child Poverty Monitor's latest technical report was released on Monday morning, collecting statistics from numerous sources to paint a picture of how bad many Kiwi kids have it.
The report showed alarming statistics about poverty and material hardship for children in New Zealand.
More than 25 percent of Pasifika children face material hardship - living in a household that can't afford six or more essentials including having enough to eat, fresh vegetables, and warm clothes. ic