Worst Places to be a Child – NZ Ranked 158 out of 165 for Childhood Rights

New Zealand has plummeted in this year’s children’s rights index

A European advocacy group has placed New Zealand 158th in a field of 165 countries for children’s rights, putting the country on a par with much of central Africa and Saudi Arabia.

The Amsterdam based Kids Rights Foundation and Erasmus University measured five key domains in the 2017 KidsRights Index:-

1. Right to Life:
2. Right to Health
3. Right to Education
4. Right to Protection
5. Enabling Environment for Child Rights

This is a global ranking that charts countries’ performance records for children’s rights. The scope of the report is unique in that it collects data from various reputable sources and identifies global themes and trends in the field of children’s rights.

Portugal is placed top in the index due to its strong performances in the areas of child legislation, health and education.

Notable examples of under performing countries include the United Kingdom, which fell from11th to 156 place, and New Zealand which plummeted from 45th down to the depths of 158th. The country has been urged to do more to foster the rights of its youngest generation.

Overall, the Index shows that industrialised nations are falling drastically short of allocating sufficient budgets towards creating a stable environment for children’s rights. Although many poorer states deserve praise for their efforts relative to their budgets and means, it is alarming that the industrialised world is neglecting its leadership responsibilities and failing to invest in the rights of children to the best of its abilities.

Consider, for example, the industrialised nations the UK and New Zealand, which this year both hold bottom-ten positions following very poor performances in domain 5, i.e. Child Rights Environment. The methodology for obtaining the final score in the Index is such that extremely poor performances in one domain cannot be compensated by higher scores in other areas, as all children’s rights are equally important. Extreme underperformance in one of the domains therefore creates an insurmountable bottleneck that automatically demotes the concerned country to the lower-most region of the Index… source

New Zealand…should be able to invest more in children’s right, but fail(s) to do so sufficiently…source

New Zealand’s record

New Zealand’s walk of shame:

New Zealand’s record in the 2016 study showed six times the lowest score for non-discrimination, best interests of the child, respect for the views of the child, enabling legislation, budget, and data. Furthermore, the country has no maximum or average scores on record.

Three of the indicators from 2016 were the same as they were in 2011 (respect for the views of the child, enabling legislation, and state-civil society cooperation) while two (best interests and data) improved from non-available to the lowest score possible.

New Zealand’s scores for non-discrimination and budget fell from an average to the lowest score, but itsscores remain incomplete – there was no score for state-civil society cooperation in either 2011 or 2016.

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11 thoughts on “Worst Places to be a Child – NZ Ranked 158 out of 165 for Childhood Rights

  1. As someone who has the choice almost anywhere in the world to raise kids, I find it appalling that you would support and promote such nonsense. New Zealand is going through a financial problem and this problem started in the 1980s like most western countries and DOES NOT need a government to fix it… merely get out of the way.

    • Statistics don’t lie. So even in the face of evidence.”The agony of the 41,000 homeless, 10,000 in prison. 1600 die each year from the cold. The 300,000 in poverty. The 1500 commiting suicide. The 100’s of thousands locked out of home ownership. None of that mattered to 46% of voters, voting National on Saturday”. Martyn Bradley, 24 September 2017. This is from the last three years of a National Government and will continue to skyrocket. You obviously want to be ignorant and pretend this doesn’t exist. Good one mate. Yeah Right. But I guess when your not on on the front line dealing with it, everyday. Not everyone can get up and leave NZ. You say it’s not the governments problem but guess who sets the minimum wage and social policies. Who is able to stop foriegn ownership. I could go on. Yeah I was around in the 80s, but it is much much worse now.

    • I would say that this problem started in the 80s because of the Government getting out of the way. That is why we are living (here in NZ) in a highly unregulated economy, which is leading to these very poor outcomes for children (amongst other things)

    • You’re awesome ,you say that N.Z is going through a problem which started in the 1980s ,well that’s quite some problem there mate ,being that it’s almost 2018 that’s a 27 year problem which it’s going through,to me after 5 years it would be a systematic problem after 10 years it would be ….well a cultural problem at least ,after 15 years it would be a generational problem after 20 years it would be an accepted normal and after 25 years it would be the reality it is today ! Just because all the cogs move at the speed of a snail in N.Z doesn’t mean it’s right .

  2. No one cares about any of this in New Zealand, as long as they have their jobs, homes and money they don’t think they have to care. Trouble is, in New Zealand, most of the population are only one paycheck from financial ruin and they won’t even admit that, so worrying about the rather obvious poor living in the streets, and the women with black eyes, kids with no shoes or warm clothes out in the rain, no school lunches in their empty schoolbags is not something Kiwis will do anything about, other than to deny it all!

    • Trouble is, in New Zealand, most of the population are only one paycheck from financial ruin and they won’t even admit that
      Image: Morgan Freeman “He’s right you know”
      A quarter of New Zealanders would burn through their savings within a month if their main source of income was lost, a MasterCard survey suggests

      Posted in KiwiSaver July 25, 2013 – 10:43am, Gareth Vaughan
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      A quarter of New Zealanders have such meagre savings they’d be gone within a month if their main source of income dried up, according to a MasterCard survey.

      MasterCard says that although New Zealand’s savings culture is improving, with almost 9 in 10 people, or 89%, intending to save more or a similar amount in the coming six months as they did in the previous six months, just 26% of survey respondents believe their savings wouldn’t last a month if their main source of income disappeared.

      • Savings? What savings? Most Kiwis are in debt up to their eyeballs and the vast majority of credit cards are almost permanently maxed out. A friend of mine was a typical example. When he and his wife left NZ for Australia, they had over $50,000 of consumer debt! And, this wasn’t from being extravagant or lazy. Both of them worked REALLY hard. The debt had slowly built up just trying to survive. Another couple I know, who remained in NZ, was over $120,000 in debt when they declared bankruptcy; they were hard workers too, but in the end, they ended up with NOTHING!

        With the wages being so low and the cost of living so high, the vast majority of people in NZ simply don’t make enough money to live on, even with all the government handouts. People are forced to either borrow to make up the deficit and dig a hole they will NEVER get out of while remaining in NZ; skimp on the essentials and at some point end up with a serious situation when this catches up to them; rip off other people through fraud and other kinds of deception and theft, or leave the country.

        Of these options, the only one that WON’T cause long term problems is to go live in another country.

        • Yes ,get sick in N.Z and go visit WINZ ,they’ll set you straight about where you really live ,it’s a 3rd world shithole with 1st world prices ,takes a little disaster to make the average nz idiot that they are living in a fools paradise ,no money for you after you no pay taxes.

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