According to the CPAG – Child Poverty Action Group, our welfare state is failing in that child poverty and the need for benefits seem to be widening instead of contracting in relatively prosperous New Zealand.
Child poverty exists because of dysfunctional, usually have-not, parenthood, of which at least the have not factor can be substantially reduced through a systematic effort towards ownership democracy, defined by at least a minimally meaningful level of personal wealth ownership by all citizens eventually.
The widening equality of opportunity and social status through that might also help towards reducing dysfunctional parenthood.
Economically, an all-inclusive effort of wealth creation has been initiated already through the New Zealand Super Fund, and it would be easy to amend it into personal ownership by all. JENS MEDER