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Poor ‘sacrifice’ a lot for children
By JOHN HARTEVELT – The Press
Last updated 05:00 03/09/2009
Desperate Kiwi parents are sacrificing their wellbeing for the sake of their offspring, Children’s Commissioner John Angus says.
A report on child wellbeing, released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), said New Zealand children were among the most deprived in the developed world, but were near the top for literacy achievement.
“In most poor households, parents bend over backwards to do well by their children and they deny themselves,” Angus said yesterday.
“They don’t go to the doctor themselves in order that their children get the medicine that they need. They do without a good set of clothes in order that their children get clothes.”
The report said material conditions for Kiwi children were “relatively poor”.
Average family incomes were low by OECD standards and child-poverty rates were high. The number of New Zealand children who lacked key education resources was above the OECD median.
The report said Kiwi teenagers had the highest suicide rate in the world and the fifth-highest rate of teen pregnancy.
One-third of children lived in “overcrowded conditions” where the number of people living in the home was greater than the number of rooms.
New Zealanders rated fourth in the world for the literacy achievement of 15-year-olds.
“Lots of children from poorer households in New Zealand do very well in the education system and their parents do very well by them,” Angus said.
Mairehau High School principal Harry Romano said schools had to deal with the fact that some pupils came from impoverished backgrounds.
“We expect our students to be able to achieve regardless of ethnicity, regardless of background, regardless of anything,” he said.
“Coming from an impoverished background is not an excuse for failing.”
The decile-four school had stopped “teaching to the middle” and started programmes for individual pupils.
Pupils were encouraged at every opportunity and letters of congratulations, certificates and postcards were sent home to parents.
* The average disposable income in homes with children is US$17,200 (NZ$25,500), below the OECD average of US$19,200, placing New Zealand 21st out of 30 countries.
* Fifteen per cent of Kiwi children live in “poor households” where the income is below half of the median.
* This is 11th worst of 30 countries and ahead of the OECD average of 12.4 per cent. Thirty-three per cent live in overcrowded conditions, ahead of the OECD average of 30 per cent.
* Infant mortality in New Zealand is 5.1 per 1000 live births, below the OECD average 5.4.
* There were 23.4 births per 1000 women aged 15 to 19, which is fifth highest in the OECD. The average is 15.5.
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