. . . What New Zealand needs is more high-paying jobs but, to achieve this, we need higher educational standards. There are too many families dependent on low-income jobs, if indeed they are working. Fifty per cent of households in which no one works are poor. If one person is working, the poverty rate falls to 19% and to 4% if two or more people work. Research indicates that a parent obtaining fulltime paid employment with sufficient earnings is the most important contributor to lifting children out of poverty.
And this shouldn’t be the responsibility of the government alone. There needs to be a co-ordinated approach between central government, local government, iwi, Pacifika, social service providers, businesses, industry training organisations and communities to deliver well-paying job opportunities, especially in the regions. . . – Peter Sherwin.