UNICEF report says poverty is still hitting NZ kids the hardest

Poverty is still hitting New Zealand Kids the hardest, as the latest UNICEF 'Children of the Recession' report has revealed.

With poverty statistics remaining stagnant since 2008 here in New Zealand, it's children who are feeling the effects the most.

UNICEF are clear that the Government need to come up with new ways to tackle the issue, so as not to impact families even more.

Child poverty rates in New Zealand have decreased by just 0.40 per cent since 2008.

Deborah Morris-Travers, national advocacy manager for UNICEF New Zealand criticises the Government policies for such a bad rating.

However the new Minister of Social Development says that the government isn't happy with the result either.

Ms Morris-Travers urges the government to place the well-being of children at the top of their responses to the recession.

Also according to the study New Zealanders feel worse about food insecurity, overall satisfaction with life and opinions on whether children have the opportunity to learn and grow every day.  However it found New Zealanders have the lowest levels of stress.