Treasury admits it got numbers wrong on child poverty projections

Treasury has revealed it made an error in modelling over projected changes in child poverty.

The error affects projections of how many children are expected to be in low-income households and the number of children expected to be lifted out of poverty by 2020/21.

The opposition, however, says the families package is less ambitious than what it had proposed. Source: 1 NEWS

The errors affect the assessment of the Government's Families Package announced in December 2017 and comparisons with the National Government's Family Incomes Package announced in May 2017.

"The error likely led to an overstatement of the projected impact both packages would have on the reduction of child poverty," Secretary of the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf said in a statement.

The error does not affect the number of people set to be helped by the Government's Families Package or the amount of extra income they will receive, Mr Makhlouf says.

"The extent of any change in the projections on child poverty is still being determined," Mr Makhlouf says.

"Because the error applies equally to comparisons with the previous Government's Family Incomes Package, the estimated relative impact of the two packages is essentially unchanged."

Treasury is aiming to have revised projections available in the second half of February.

An external review will be put in place over the error.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson delivered his mini-budget outlining a families package to lift 88,000 children out of poverty. Source: 1 NEWS

Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says more needs to be done to combat child poverty.
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Police seek witnesses to collision that killed elderly Hastings cyclist

Police investigating a crash in which a 70-year-old cyclist was fatally injured after being struck by a vehicle in Hastings a week ago, are seeking witnesses.

The man from Hastings died after being struck by a vehicle on State Highway 50A between Flaxmere Ave and Omahu Road at about 10am on Wednesday January 10.

Police say the cyclist was wearing distinctive yellow shoes, t-shirt and shorts.

The Hawke's Bay Serious Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances leading up to the fatal crash, and is seeking any witnesses who may have seen the cyclist prior to the collision.

Information can be provided to Hastings Police on (06) 831-0700 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


Tuariki Delamere appointed new political advisor to the Maori King Tuheitia

King Tuheitia has appointed a new political adviser, former New Zealand First MP Tuariki Delamere

A speech made on the king's behalf by Mr Delamere, who served as the Immigration Minister, has signalled the Maori monarch's unconditional support for the Labour-led government, despite his backing of the Maori Party in the lead up to last September's election.

Mr Delamere made his first address to Maori on behalf of the king over the weekend at Kokohinau Marae, throwing the King's support behind the Labour-led government.

Mr Delamere says he's humbled to be King Tuheitias' advisor on all things politics.

"And for me that was an incredible honour given my family's connection, intimate connection with the haahi (church)," says Mr Delamere.  

Tuariki replaces former Maori Party chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan.

For now both the Maori King and the Labour Party will be preparing for Ratana commemorations which will also be Labour leader Jacinda Adern's first major Maori engagement as Prime Minister.

Newly appointed Tuariki Delamere gave his first speech on behalf of the King at Kokohinau Marae today. Source: Te Karere