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Campbell Live

Behind the scenes at the foodbank

Monday 09 Dec 2013 7:00p.m.

Behind the scenes at the foodbank

We've done a little but we need to do a lot more - that's an overly simplified summary of a special report from the Children's Commissioner into child poverty.

Up to 265,000 or a quarter of Kiwi children live below the poverty line.

The expert advisory group the Commissioner set up reported that the most urgent problems needed to be dealt with by the Government

Working for Families and the family tax credit were two areas it suggested changes for.

This is a report that was not funded by the Government, but a Wellington philanthropic trust has provided $500,000 to keep a closer eye on child poverty.

Aside from the politics of the report what's the day-to-day reality?

Tristram Clayton spent a couple of days at a foodbank observing the families that have struggled to the point where they have to make that difficult decision to ask for a hand-out from the foodbank.

Watch the video for Tristram Clayton's full report.

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