Reports show New Zealand worst child health in OECD countries

22:21, June 03, 2010      

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New Zealand has some of the worst child health statistics in the OECD, the Green Party of New Zealand said on Thursday citing two recent reports.

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said the Public Health Advisory Committee's report The Best Start in Life pointed out that New Zealand ranked 29th out of 30 developed countries for child health and safety.

"The report shows that we urgently need an integrated, whole-of- government approach to child health and wellbeing and a commitment to child health monitoring," Ms Turei said.

Ms Turei said the other report, Children's Housing Futures, found children's housing in New Zealand was worse than the OECD average and many were living in poor quality, insecure and crowded premises.

She said last month's budget was going to make the situation worse -- a GST increase that would put pressure on low income families, tax cuts that would widen the gap between rich and poor, and funding cuts which would increase the cost of early childhood education.

Source: Xinhua


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