Kia māia: Be bold, Improving the wellbeing of children living in poverty, NZIER public discussion paper 2019/1

20 May 2019

By Peter Wilson

This paper was prepared by Peter Wilson of NZIER and consulting economist Julie Fry.

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.

Each year NZIER devotes some of its resources to undertake and make freely available economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges. The preparation of this paper was funded from those resources.