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Picturing the impacts of poverty

Friday 5th September 2014

New Zealand is at the bottom of the OECD average for child wellbeing. Addressing the issue isn’t just a matter of putting shoes on feet or food on tables, but what does it mean to grow up in poverty?

  • 1.4x higher risk of dying during childhood
  • Less likely to eat breakfast, or fruit and vegetables
  • Less likely to leave school with NCEA Level 2, the basic level of qualification for employment
  • More likely to be in transient families, or live in homes with gambling and smoking
  • More likely to become teen parents

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We asked Toby Morris to illustrate the realities and impact of child poverty.

Illustration: Toby Morris

Statistics compiled for The Wireless by UNICEF New Zealand.

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Toby Morris is an Auckland based illustrator and comic artist. He is the creator of the Pencilsword and also half of the Toby and Toby duo behind the series 'That is the question' at
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