When the Invisible Hand Rocks the Cradle: New Zealand Children in a Time of Change
Alison J. Blaiklock
Ian B. Hassall
Cynthia A. Kiro
This paper investigates the impact of economic and social reforms on the well-being of children. These reforms were among the most sweeping in scope and scale in any industrialized democracy. The reforms have not led to an overall improvement in the well-being of children. There has been widening inequality between ethnic and income groups which has left many Maori and Pacific children, and children from one parent and poorer families, relatively worse off. The New Zealand experience illustrates the vulnerability of children during periods of social upheaval and change and the importance of having effective mechanisms to monitor, protect and promote the interests of children.
child related policies; child welfare; children's rights; economic policy;
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