A table in an article posted on Bassett, Brash & Hide shows there are 53,000 NZ European compared to a total of 47,000 combined other ethnicities (using the most recent data reported in June 2021).
Poverty, plainly, has no colour. There are more New Zealand European children in material hardship than all other ethnicities put together.
Social commentator LINDSAY MITCHELL – the author of the article – writes:
A just-published Listener article asks, “Why doesn’t middle-class NZ care about child poverty?” It gathers views from half a dozen people including a principal, a teacher, an advocate against child poverty, a charity head, a Māori provider chair and Pasifika social worker. Apparently, they told the Listener that the middle-class has become indifferent to child poverty.
Yet a careful reading of the piece finds it is primarily the Child Poverty Action Group advancing the idea that,
“For middle white New Zealand, poverty is equated with being brown. This is where the indifference comes from.”
The Chief Executive of the Auckland City Mission goes further claiming active hostility to solo mothers, especially Māori:
“As a society, the narrative is ‘how dare you raise a child alone? We are going to make it as hard for you as we can – we will punish you.’ And secondly, in our country, poverty has a colour. It is about racism and colonisation.”
In fact, there are more NZ European children in material hardship than all other ethnicities put together.
The table below shows there are 53,000 NZ European compared to a total of 47,000 combined other ethnicities (these are the most recent data reported in June 2021):
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