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Poverty Watch 20

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, February 23rd, 2013 - 11 comments
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In recent posts in this series we’ve focused on the Children’s Social Health Monitor 2012 Update Report, see the the full report (pdf) here.  Today we look at the first of the Health and Wellbeing Indicators.

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AND MORTALITY WITH A SOCIAL GRADIENT IN CHILDREN

This is where the effects of poverty are most fundamentally and most cruelly felt – in its impact on health and mortality. The effects are in line with the economic indicators that have been covered in the report – the Maori / Pacific economic disadvantage is directly reflected in health:

In New Zealand, there are currently large disparities in child health status, with Māori and Pacific children and those living in more deprived areas experiencing a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality [1]. These disparities were present even in the mid 2000s when New Zealand experienced some of its lowest unemployment rates in recent decades. The macroeconomic environment began to change in 2008, however, with the country officially entering a recession at the end of June 2008 after two consecutive quarters of negative growth. While New Zealand technically left the recession at the end of June 2009 (when quarterly growth reached +0.1% [2]) progress since then has been variable, with unemployment rates and the number of children reliant on benefit recipients remaining higher than in the mid-2000s.

The effects of these economic changes on socially sensitive health outcomes for children remain unclear. Research suggests that the impacts may vary, not only with the magnitude and duration of any economic downturn, but also as a result of the Government’s social policy responses and the extent to which it maintains an effective social safety net for those most affected. …

The report covers data on the distribution of causes of hospital admissions (from 2007 – 2011 the top three are Acute Bronchiolitis, Gastroenteritis, Asthma) and mortality (the top cause is Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy (SUDI)). Of particular interest, as usual, are the recent trends in the data.

Hospital Admissions: In New Zealand, medical admissions with a social gradient increased during the early 2000s, reached a peak in 2002, and then declined, with an upswing in rates again being evident during 2007–2009. In contrast, injury admissions with a social gradient declined throughout 2000–2011 (Figure 20).

Mortality: In New Zealand, mortality from injuries with a social gradient decreased between 2000 and 2004, but fluctuated thereafter. Similarly, post-neonatal SUDI decreased between 2000 and 2002 and thereafter remained relatively static, while mortality from medical conditions with a social gradient fluctuated throughout 2000–2009 (Figure 20).

When broken down by primary diagnosis, trends in medical conditions with a social gradient varied by condition, with increases being evident for acute upper respiratory infections, viral infections of unspecified site, skin infections, urinary tract infections and dermatitis and eczema. In contrast, admissions for inguinal hernias, otitis media, bacterial/non-viral pneumonia and meningococcal disease declined during the 2000s (Figure 21–Figure 24).

Figure 20 is included below, for the others see the report.

CSHM2012-admissions-mortality

Many of the medical conditions which are trending upwards are (as noted by other reports) conditions associated with overcrowding and poor living conditions – direct symptoms of poverty. Shamefully, we are seeing the re-emergence of “third world diseases” in New Zealand.

This section continues with an analysis of trends by ethnicity (as expected Maori and Pacific populations are over-represented). We’ll carry on with the second Health and Wellbeing Indicator next week.


In current news, the second anniversary of the most destructive Christchurch earthquake highlights the impact of poverty and poor living conditions in that damaged city:

Poverty strikes at home, children first victims

An increase in poverty-related illnesses and “Third World diseases” among Christchurch children is worrying health professionals and community workers.

Skin conditions such as scabies and ringworm are cropping up at city medical centres and primary schools as hundreds of families continue to live in overcrowded, damp homes almost two years after the Canterbury earthquakes. …

Some children are being sent home from school with contagious infections, and health professionals fear low-income families are shying away from medical treatment because they cannot even afford food. The problem appears to have hit the city’s Maori and Pacific Island communities hardest. …

Aranui Primary School principal Mike Allen said scabies, school sores and head lice were “anecdotally getting worse”. Jo Barlow, principal of Aranui’s St James School, had also seen a rise in scabies. Pre-earthquake, the disease was uncommon, but in the past two years at least five families had contracted it, she said.

It’s all very well having a rebuild plan for the CBD – but what is the government doing for the families and children who are still living in damaged, unhealthy, and unsafe conditions?


Here’s the standard footnote. Poverty (and inequality) were falling (albeit too slowly) under the last Labour government.   Now they are on the rise again, in fact a Waikato University professor says that poverty is our biggest growth industry.

Before the last election Labour called for a cross party working group on poverty. Key turned the offer down.  Report after report after report has condemned the rate of poverty in this country, and called on the government to act. Meanwhile 40,000 kids are fed by charities and up to 80,000 are going to school hungry. National has responded with complete denial of the issues, saying that the government is already doing enough to help families feed their kids. Organisations working with the poor say that Key is in poverty ‘la la land’.

The Nats refuse to even measure the problem (though they certainly believe in measurement and goals when it suits them to bash beneficiaries). In a 2012 summary of the government’s targets and goals John Armstrong wrote: “Glaringly absent is a target for reducing child poverty”…

The costs of child poverty are in the range of $6-8 Billion per year, but the Nats refuse to spend the $2 Billion that would be needed to really make a difference. Even in purely economic terms National’s attitude makes no sense.

11 comments on “Poverty Watch 20”

  1. Rogue Trooper 1

    NAct just watching

  2. It is not easy to think of anything suitable to say to the shocking information of this painful article. The best I can come up with is I view the poverty and poor health that this article points to as a reflection of the poverty of values, heart and intelligence we, collectively, [don’t] have to allow this.

    I guess this is the inevitable result of placing value on profit over everything else.

    • In short, this article is damning and I’m guessing that is why there are so few comments. I have forced myself to write a comment in order to acknowledge the shameful reality. It is not easy to face up to some things, yet it is altogether better that we do.

      • r0b 2.1.1

        Not every post needs to be for comments, and after 20 episodes of Poverty Watch perhaps there isn’t much new for folk to say. In truth I write these for myself (to force me to read the reports, and learn), and I write them for “the record” (because child poverty shouldn’t be allowed to become last year’s issue).

        • just saying 2.1.1.1

          because child poverty shouldn’t be allowed to become last year’s issue).

          Which nicely introduces the question I’ve wanted to ask about this column. Is this “Poverty Watch” or “Child Poverty Watch”?

          I realise that most debate and research is about child poverty, and I certainly think child poverty is the most important variety because of the irreversible lifelong effects. But I want to say that all poverty matters. It matters that adults are living in poverty in this land of plenty, and not just in how that might impact on any children they might have.

          Framing poverty as “child poverty” plays into the right-wing narrative about “innocent” children who shouldn’t pay for the “sins” of their parents. It’s part of the deserving vs undeserving poor narrative that (imo) is a big part of the problem of all poverty, including child poverty. Ultimately, having the left buying into framing the problem of poverty as ‘child poverty’ will lead to more child poverty than standing up against all poverty. NZ is a rich country and all poverty is a national disgrace, and noone deserves it.

          • r0b 2.1.1.1.1

            Which nicely introduces the question I’ve wanted to ask about this column. Is this “Poverty Watch” or “Child Poverty Watch”?

            Fair question, I was thinking myself earlier that the focus was a bit narrow. I have been looking more at child poverty (and will as I work through these reports). But the longer term aim is to pull it back to poverty in general.

            Not sure that child poverty plays to a right wing agenda though. Their argument is that people “choose” or “deserve” to be poor. But that argument fails completely when it comes to children…

            • just saying 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Not sure that child poverty plays to a right wing agenda though. Their argument is that people “choose” or “deserve” to be poor. But that argument fails completely when it comes to children…

              Exactly. The deserving and the undesrving poor. Do you believe that Rob – That adults choose the poverty “lifestyle” from all the other choices open to them, and deliberately inflict it on their kids?

              The minute the left buys into the deserving and undeserving narrative the argument is lost. School lunches may be provided eventually, which would be an improvement, but the argument is about adult poverty is ceded – kids may get a lunch, but the lot of their families and everyone else who is suffering poverty, over time, is worsened by the unchallenged blame inherent in the “innocent children” line. Ultimately the community will not be blackmailed by feckless parents holding their kids to ransom for more money for the smokes, booze and pokie machines. If we believe that poor families are perfectly capable of meeting the needs of their children, but choose not to, in the end we close our hearts to the plight of the “innocent children” beyond bangers and mash at lunchtime.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.2

            Any and all poverty shows the failure of what ever socio-economic system that is being used. In our case it is the failure of the neo-liberal free-market capitalism. Thing is, under all forms of capitalism, there will always be poverty as the capitalist systems channel all of the wealth into the hands of the few.

            It is right that we concern ourselves with the poverty that abounds around us but we should not let that focus distract us from what causes it.

          • blue leopard 2.1.1.1.3

            @Just Saying

            I find your comment interesting, I have always had a wee ‘pang’ of discomfort over the focus on child poverty (not specifically these Poverty Watch posts, just having noticed when poverty is mentioned in MSM, the focus always seems to be on child poverty), I had assumed this is done in order to appeal to the largest amount of people and the ‘pang’ is due to feeling what a pity it is that ‘we’ don’t have more concern about ‘grown-ups’ too. Therefore, interested in your interpretation on the right-wing framing.

            And helpful to read r0bs response too.

            I would be interested to find out about the state of poverty in general in NZ.

            Incidentally I was particularly moved about the worst health effects being amongst Maori & Pacific children. I understand this is the case with other indigenous groups in other countries, and have read it explained that this has at least something to do cultural oppression*. I wonder if there are many studies on separating this issue (indigenous oppression~colonization) from the effects of poverty and genetic predisposition?

            It is interesting to note that Pacific children are being affected the worst alongside Maori; in this case it wouldn’t be a case of the effects of being colonized affecting the equation. Would effects of racist oppression be coming into play here as well as effects of poverty, or genetics?

            *I think the report I read this in was from one of those major organizations World Health or perhaps from a group more specific to issues affecting indigenous peoples. (can’t remember).

        • blue leopard 2.1.1.2

          Thanks for posting these articles r0b

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  • An improved design for the Tamaki/Ngapipi mess
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  • Rally in the rain shows love for humanities
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  • 10 percent budget cut at Lincoln
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  • Perspective
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  • Disability sector is in a ‘slow burning crisis’
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  • NZ fisheries depend on the environment – they should protect it
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  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
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    9 hours ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
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  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
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  • Government must review state sector retirement investment
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    2 days ago
  • Councils shouldn’t rush into Easter Trading
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    2 days ago
  • Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments
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  • Fixing our broken economy
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    3 days ago
  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
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  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
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    3 days ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
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    3 days ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
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    4 days ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
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  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
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    4 days ago
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    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    4 days ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
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    4 days ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
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    4 days ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
    The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
    National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
    5 days ago
  • Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
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    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    5 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
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    5 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
    The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
    5 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
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    5 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
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    5 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    5 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    6 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    6 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
    1 week ago
  • Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
    Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    1 week ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
    In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
      Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
    A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government slippery about caption funding
      The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
    The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New ministry should look after all children
    The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
    Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratification okay but we need action
    Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
    Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
    2 weeks ago

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