"…cold to the bone, damp and covered in mould, there are often no curtains, holes in the floor and families cannot afford to heat them. This means cold homes, sick kids, and consequent increases in days absent from work and loss of income." - Hawke's Bay Plunket nurse
Child poverty is a critical issue for New Zealand. It is systemic, life-threatening, and is in homes in every corner of the country. The evidence is irrefutable that poverty has serious implications on quality of life outcomes, especially for children in their early years. Poverty's direct impact on child and family health creates a lifetime of illnesses and financial hardship that's felt inter-generationally.
Can we call on you to help New Zealand families living in poverty?
Plunket works with families across Aotearoa and knows first-hand the damage poverty does to children's health and well-being. Many of New Zealand children who live in poverty are not able to get the best start in their first 1000 days of life; the most important time in their development.
Plunket nurses see 85% of newborn babies across Aotearoa with more and more whānau struggling to make ends meet. Some Plunket nurses have seen families of five or more, including a newborn baby, crammed into a single rented room. The results can be devastating — poor child health, an increased risk of SUDI, stressed families, and fewer opportunities to succeed.
Reducing child poverty needs to be a key focus for the Government, sign the petition to urge the government to do more to end child poverty in New Zealand.
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