STU­DENT POVERTY

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Al­most one-in-five se­condary school stu­dents in New Zealand live in poverty, ac­cord­ing to a new study from the Univer­sity of Auck­land. Re­sults showed that 20 per cent of New Zealand young peo­ple are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing so­cioe­co­nomic hard­ship. The sig­nif­i­cant eth­nic dis­par­i­ties also showed that among Maori se­condary school stu­dents, al­most one-third live in house­holds ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty. The study grouped stu­dents by house­hold poverty based on nine in­di­ca­tors of de­pri­va­tion, in­clud­ing no car, no phone, no com­puter, parental worry about money for food, over two peo­ple shar­ing a bed­room, no fam­ily hol­i­days, mov­ing home more than twice that year, garages or liv­ing rooms as bed­rooms, and no par­ent at home with em­ploy­ment.

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