New Zealand's future is in crisis: Children today are living in poverty. Across the country — in remote rural towns and deprived city communities — families are doing it tough. We need to stop this from getting worse!New Zealand's child poverty rates are shameful for a country that's part of the developed world. Families are fighting unemployment, isolation, deprivation and unaffordable living expenses. Few children raised in this environment will have a chance to reach their full potential. That just isn't good enough.