Jess Berentson-Shaw is the keynote speaker today at the Child Poverty Action Group Summit.
"The results are really surprising at how widespread people are struggling this winter," said Jono Bell.
The two per cent rise is within the Reserve Bank's comfort zone, but rising faster than it's forecast.
Andrew Becroft is calling for a unified approach to solving the problem of child poverty.
Paula Bennett was grilled on alarming figures that show 90,000 Kiwi kids are in severe poverty.